Minister Karaismailoglu: The number of cruise passengers exceeded 1 million in 2022

Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoglu stated that the number of cruise passengers increased 22 times in 2022, exceeding 1 million.

Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoglu announced the cruise ship statistics for 2022 in a written statement.

Minister Karaismailoglu noted that there has been a significant increase in the number of both incoming ships and tourists. Reminding that 45,362 passengers came to Turkiye with 78 cruise ships in 2021, Karaismailoglu stated that the number of cruise ships increased 12 times to 991 in 2022, and the number of passengers increased 22 times in the same period, exceeding 1 million 6 thousand.

Pointing out that more cruise ships docked at Turkish ports in October alone than in 2021, Karaismailoglu stated that 206,484 passengers were hosted with 155 cruise ships in October, and that the highest number of passengers of the year was reached in the month in question.

Karaismailoglu announced that Kusadasi was the port that hosted the most cruise ships with 464 ships and 493 thousand 834 passengers last year, 143 ships approached Galataport, which was chosen as the port of the year, and 220 thousand 82 passengers were hosted. Stating that Bodrum Port ranks third with 98 ships and 95 thousand 462 cruise passengers, Karaismailoglu stated that Sinop, Amasra and Trabzon also draw attention in cruise tourism.

Pointing out that the ports of Amasra and Unye started to host cruise ships for the first time, Karaismailoglu said, “In 2022, a total of 7 thousand 906 passengers came to Sinop with 14 cruise ships. While 8 ships approached Amasra Port, we hosted 4 thousand 905 passengers. 4 thousand 747 cruise tourists came to Trabzon with 8 ships. We will continue to invest in the development of cruise tourism. We are making the investment it deserves in every corner of our heavenly homeland. We are also proud of the results of our investments.”

Source: AA / Translated by Irem Yildiz

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