Mumbai: The Turkish Tourism Board in India revealed that between January to June this year, Turkey has registered a 56 per cent increase in the number of Indian tourist arrivals in comparison to the same period last year, hosting 1,30,000 Indian visitors. With such positive growth rate and indicative data coming from ministry, the Turkey tourism board is expecting to host around 250.000 Indian tourists by the end of 2019.
The latest official statistics show that more than 24 million foreign tourists visited Turkey within the period of January to July, a strong 14.10 percent increase from the same period of last year.
Turkey has emerged as a popular destination for Indian Travellers across categories. From leisure travel to FITs, Indian weddings to Mice summits, there has been a significant increase in all segments. This year Turkey witnessed a substantial surge in the number of extravagant Indian destination weddings across Turkey. Similarly, MICE travel to Turkey increased at an incredibly fast pace.
The tourism board further announced that by the end of 2019, Turkey is expected to host around 30 Indian weddings and 30,000 MICE visitors. Basis the current arrival numbers, and the activities planned in months to come, the tourism board is hoping to reach a record number of Indian tourist arrivals in Turkey by end of this year. The first half has witnessed a record engagement in terms of FITs, weddings & MICE and this trend will only go up.
Turkey toursim board has been constantly engaging with Indian audience by highlighting important festivals, summits & international events that are being held in Turkey. A number of fams and engagements are being held regularly from India market to different parts of Turkey with a focus on cuisine, culture, landscape, history and nature. Currently, festivals like Istanbul Coffee Festival, Istanbul Art Festival, Istanbul Biennial in Autumn are attracting tourists from India.
Straddling the continents of Europe and Asia, Turkey’s strategically important location & geographical landscape has put it in the spotlight of global tourism. With a mix of popular destinations & hidden gems that has been attracting tourists from all over the world, Turkey, with its world-class hotels & infrastructure is becoming most frequented destination. From stunning architecture, history & incredible mosques of Istanbul to pristine beaches of Antalya, hot air ballooning in Cappadocia, salt pools in Pamukkale or paragliding at Turquouse coast in Fethiye, there is something for everyone in Turkey.