Istanbul Welcomes Over 2.5 Million Visitors in First Two Months of the Year

Istanbul, one of Turkiye’s leading cities in tourism, hosted 2 million 457 thousand 518 foreign visitors in the first 2 months of the year.

According to the statement made by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the number of foreign visitors to Istanbul increased by 8.08% compared to the same period of the previous year.

Istanbul, which hosted half of the 4 million 341 thousand 606 foreign visitors who came to Turkiye in the first 2 months, was mostly preferred by Russians in February.

According to February data, Istanbul hosted 1 million 291 thousand 522 foreign visitors, an increase of 19.14% compared to the same month of the previous year, and became the locomotive of Turkiye’s tourism.

In February, 138 thousand 957 people from the Russian Federation, 95 thousand 465 people from Germany and 75 thousand 312 people from Iran, 56 thousand 430 people from England (United Kingdom), 48 thousand 902 people from France, 43 thousand 415 people from Saudi Arabia, 41 thousand 472 people from the United States visited Istanbul.

Tourists preferred Istanbul Airport

Istanbul Airport was the first choice of those who visited Istanbul.

Istanbul Airport, which was preferred by 904 thousand 642 foreign visitors last month, hosted 70.27% of foreign tourists.

381 thousand 508 foreign tourists entered Sabiha Gokcen Airport, which is the second border gate through which most foreign visitors enter.

The number of foreign visitors coming to Istanbul by air increased by 19.17% compared to the same month in 2023, reaching 1 million 287 thousand 290.

The number of foreigners coming to Istanbul by sea last month reached 4 thousand 232 people, an increase of 11.19% compared to the same month of the previous year.

Source: Trthaber / Prepared by Irem Yildiz

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