12.92% more Kuwaiti nationals travelled to Turkey in the first third of this year; 107 flights leave Kuwait for Turkish cities each week
Kuwaiti nationals continue to travel to Turkish cities in rising numbers. As per latest figures released by the Turkish Cultural and Tourism Office in Dubai, 91,098 Kuwaitis have visited multiple destinations across Turkey within the first four months of the year, representing a 12.92% increase when compared to the same period last year. 24,577 Kuwaiti nationals travelled to Turkey in April alone. As of now a total of 107 flights depart from Kuwait for several destinations across Turkey each week.
“We are delighted to see Turkey climb to one of the most popular tourist destinations for Kuwaiti as well as other Gulf nationals. Visitors from neighbouring nations have always played a significant role in driving economic growth within Turkey by boosting its tourism sector,” commented Salih Ozer, Attaché of Culture and Information, Turkey to the UAE.
Over 8,735,200 tourists from around the world flew into Turkey in April, representing a 24% increase in comparison to April last year. The largest influx of tourists into Turkey in the first four months of 2019 has been from Germany at just over 803,480 visitors, followed by Bulgaria and Russia. Of the GCC nations, the highest numbers of tourists to travel to Turkey have been from Kuwait, followed by Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE.
Turkey’s Mediterranean province of Antalya also recently broke its record for the number of tourists arriving by air on a single day — 85,205 visitors flew into the city on June 8, 2019. Inbound tourist traffic per month also rose by 17% in June with 570,422 visitors to the city. So far, 3,870,211 tourists have visited Antalya this year with an 18% increase when compared to the same period last year.
The attaché added, “Turkey has a lot to offer tourists, from an adventurous holiday at the shores of the Black Sea to a relaxing vacation on Mediterranean beaches, from historic sites to iconic attractions, to plenty of exclusive shopping. The country’s proximity coupled with relaxed visa formalities makes it the perfect destination for our Arab neighbours. The outlook for the tourism sector is indeed quite positive, and we are hoping to hit record-breaking highs throughout the year.”