Turkey has welcomed 130,000 Indian visitors during Jan-July 2019, reflecting a growth of 56 per cent over the corresponding period last year. With such positive growth rate and indicative data coming from Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Turkey is expecting to welcome around 250,000 Indian tourists in 2019.
According to latest official statistics, Turkey received more than 24 million foreign tourists during January – July reflecting a growth of over 14 per cent compared to the same period last year.
Turkey has emerged as a popular destination for Indian travellers across categories. From leisure travel to FITs, Indian weddings to MICE, there has been a significant increase in all segments. According to a press release issued on behalf of Turkish Tourism, Turkey is expected to host around 30 Indian weddings and 30,000 MICE visitors in 2019.
Turkey tourism board has been constantly engaging with Indian audience by highlighting important festivals, summits and international events of Turkey. A number of fams and engagements are being held regularly from India market to different parts of Turkey with a focus on cuisine, culture, landscape, history and nature. Currently, festivals like Istanbul Coffee Festival, Istanbul Art Festival, Istanbul Biennial in Autumn are attracting tourists from India.