The tourist flow from Russia to Turkey has already exceeded the volumes of 2018
For the 9 months of 2019, almost 6 million of Russians visited Turkey, which is a new record for the Russian market. By the number of arrivals, tourist flow from the Russian Federation for three quarters have already exceeded the figures for the whole of 2018.
The Ministry of Tourism and Culture of Turkey released statistics of incoming market for January-September 2019. In annual terms, the incoming tourist flow (with arrivals of ethnic Turks living abroad) grew by 12,2% - up to 41 million people. Actually, the foreign tourist flow amounted to 36,4 million people (+ 14,5% compared to the same period in 2018).
With such dynamics of the market, by the end of this year Turkey plans to host 52 million tourists (45,6 million people in 2018).
Russian tourists are the leaders in the structure of source markets: for the first 9 months of 2019, 5 902 774 citizens of the Russian Federation visited Turkey. This is 15,28% more than in the same period of 2018. The share of the Russian market has grown: if in 2018 it amounted to 16,09% of the total foreign tourist flow to Turkey, then in 2019 this figure has already reached 16,2%.
The Border Service of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation confirms these figures - the Russian tourist flow to Turkey has already exceeded the volumes for the entire 2018 (5,9 million visitors).
The TOP-5 Turkish source markets also includes Germany (4 million people, a 11% share in the incoming structure, an increase of tourist flow is + 12,43% compared to last year), the United Kingdom (2,2 million, 6,03% share, an increase of tourist flow is +16,05%), Bulgaria (almost 2 million, 5,48% share, an increase of tourist flow is + 16,5%) and Iran (1,64 million, 4,5% share, a decrease of tourist flow is minus 2,29%).
In September alone, 1 071 433 of the Russians visited Turkey (19,74% share in incoming structure). In comparison with the number of Russian tourists, German tourists there were almost two times less (625 thousand people), British tourists - three times less (348 thousand).
Yury Mishchenko, graduated from Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, has more than 15 years experience in tourism and travel. Working both in tour operator company as destination manager, and in travel agency as sales manager, he is focused on analysis of Russian tour operators’ daily routine. Recently, Yury works in Baginet Marketing and Sales Agency.