Number of Foreign Tourists Coming to Istanbul Decreased by 66.4 Percent

the number of foreign tourists visiting Istanbul decreased by a percentage
the number of foreign tourists visiting Istanbul decreased by a percentage

In 2020, the number of foreign tourists coming to Istanbul decreased by 66.4 percent to 5 million. Most tourists came from the Russian Federation and Germany. While the rate of foreign tourists visiting accommodation facilities decreased to 53 percent, the total overnight stay decreased by 56.7 percent. The occupancy level of the accommodation facility decreased to 24.2 percent. In 2020, the number of passengers arriving and departing by airline was 40 million; The share of international passengers was 47.3 percent.



IMM Istanbul Planning Agency Istanbul Statistics Office discussed the changes in the tourism sector in 2020 in the February 2021 issue of the Istanbul Tourism Bulletin. The data were reflected in the figures as follows:

Tthe number of urists decreased by 66,4 percent

The number of tourists coming to Istanbul decreased by 66.4 percent annually to 5 million. In the first five months of 2019, 5 million 415 thousand tourists came. The total number of tourists visiting Turkey decreased by 71.7 percent fell to 12 million 734 thousand. Rose to 39.3 percent increased their share in Turkey's Istanbul.

Most tourists are from the Russian Federation

The country with the highest number of tourists was the Russian Federation with 421 thousand. Germany (375 thousand), France (227 thousand), England (202 thousand) and Iran (174 thousand) followed respectively. Compared to last year, 41.6 percent fewer tourists arrived in the Russian Federation and 63.4 percent in Germany.

66.5 percent decline in the airline

The number of foreign visitors coming by airway was 4 million 974 thousand and 28 thousand coming by seaway. There was an annual decrease of 66.5 percent in airlines and 39.3 percent in seaways.

The rate of foreign tourists in the facilities is 53 percent

The number of domestic tourists visiting accommodation facilities decreased by 54.8 percent annually to 6 million 393 thousand. In 2019, 66.6 percent of those staying in Istanbul were foreign tourists, while in 2020 it fell to 53 percent. Total overnight stay decreased by 56.7 percent annually to 13 million 923 thousand.

Occupancy rate 24.2

While the average occupancy rate of accommodation facilities in 2019 was 59,7 percent, it decreased to 2020 percent in 24.2. In 2019, 43,6 percent of the occupancy was foreign, 16,1 percent domestic; In 2020, 14,5 percent were foreign and 9,7 percent were domestic visitors.





Air passenger 40 million

While the number of passengers arriving and departing in Istanbul exceeded 2019 million in 103, it fell to 2020 million in 40. While 2019 percent domestic and 37 percent international in 63, the rate of international lines in 2020 was 47.3 percent.





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