The Russian tourist flow to Turkey for 8 months of 2018 has overcome the four-million mark. Only in August, 910 thousand of Russian tourists visited Turkey. This is 25.59% more compared to the same period in 2017. Totally for the summer months, together with May, 3 million 662 thousand people arrived in Turkey.
According to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey, 27 million foreign tourists visited the country in January-August (almost + 23% compared to the same period last year). Russia continues to lead in the structure of the incoming tourist flow of Turkey with a share of 15.49% of the total number of all foreign arrivals (in 2017 - 15.16%).
In August, 5.4 million foreign visitors visited Turkey (+ 15.56% by August 2017). The Russian market has maintained a confident leadership in the last summer month with a share of 16.91% of the total entry flow of Turkey: 910 thousand tourists from Russia came to Turkey in the last month of the summer.
We may note that after a relatively low growth in July 2018 - 898 thousand tourists - (+ 7.43%, compared to July 2017), the Russian market in August showed a more significant growth dynamics (+ 13% by August 2017).
Nevertheless, the June achievement both in the increase of the tourist flow and in the number of actual arrivals from Russian Federation is an absolute record: almost 990 thousand (+ 29.6% by June 2017).
The Turkish tourism department still maintains its previous forecast for record indicators of the Russian market in 2018. According to it, about 6 million Russian citizens will visit Turkey. Recall, that in 2017 4.7 million Russians visited Turkey.
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.