According to statistics of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey, 2020, 85,9% in July compared to the same month of the previous year, a decrease of 933 thousand foreign visitors entertained. The number of foreign visitors increased by 334% compared to the previous month due to the base effect.
In the first quarter of 2020, 3 billion dollars revenue was generated from foreign visitors. In March, revenue was 52,1 million dollars with a decrease of 660% from foreign visitors compared to the same month of the previous year, while the revenue in the first quarter was 11,1 billion dollars, decreasing by 3,3% compared to the same quarter of the previous year.
Following the tension we experienced with Russia after the downing of the Russian warplane, there was a sharp decline in the number of foreign visitors following November 2015. Tourism data, which went down to the lowest levels in the last 2016 years after the terrorist incidents that increased in late 2016 and the Reina terrorist attack in the night connecting 2017 to 4, started to recover from the second quarter of 2017 and in February 2, on a cumulative basis, the most the high annual number of foreign visitors reached 2020 million people. As of July, the 45,3-month cumulative total number of tourists was 12 thousand.