Turkey welcomes 5.4 mln. tourists in 7 months

# 19:30
24 August 2020

Turkey hosted 5.4 million foreign visitors in the first seven months of 2020, the country’s Culture and Tourism Ministry said on Monday, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency. 

The figures decreased by 78% year-on-year in the January-July period from 24.7 million due to measures to stem the spread of the COVID19 pandemic, the official data showed.

After appearing in China last December, the novel coronavirus has spread all around the world, causing millions of infections and hundreds of thousands of deaths.

Efforts to stem the virus’s spread – focusing on people staying at home and avoiding most human contact – have hit economies hard, especially the tourism and travel sectors.