ANTALYA TAKES THE TOP
According to figures released from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Germany came in first in terms of nationalities of tourists visiting Turkey with 4.83 million (15.34%), the Russian Federation follows in second with 3.47 million (11.03%), England came in third with 2.58 million (8.21%). Following England in subsequent order was Iran, Bulgaria, Holland, Georgia, France, Syria and the United States.
As for the locations in Turkey which saw the highest number of arrivals, Antalya came in first at 33.27 percent, followed by Istanbul in second place at 25.61 percent and Muğla in third at 9.78 percent.
Istanbul experienced a 25 percent increase in the number of tourists hosted in 2011, a figure which reached eight million tourists. The year prior, 6.9 million tourists visited Istanbul.
THE UNITED STATES MAKES TOP TEN
The number of countries to send over a million tourists to Turkey has gone up to eight. In 2011, the most significant increase in numbers of tourists sent from a particular country was Bangladesh with a 181.64 percent increase. Israel suffered the highest drop in numbers of tourists to visit Turkey with a decrease by 27.76 percent in 2011. Meanwhile, the United States replaced Italy last year in becoming one of the top ten nations whose tourists came to Turkey. In 2011, over 757,000 American tourists came to Turkey.