Turkey tourism figures on the rise

Turkey's government has published a report indicating that the country's visitor numbers went from strength to strength in the first four months of this year, with a rise of 5.07 per cent recorded against the same period last year.

According to the country's Ministry of Culture and Tourism, a total of 2.6 million foreign tourists arrived in April alone, representing an increase of 8.2 per cent year-on-year, bringing the first quarter's total figures to 7.03 million arrivals. 

Airports remained the main points of entry for visitors, with those transport hubs in Istanbul proving particularly popular. Elsewhere, land border crossings in Edirne at the Bulgarian border also proved particularly popular, while airports in Antalya saw extensive use thanks to the area's outstanding natural beauty.

Tourists from Europe made up many of the figures, with Germans proving keen to sample the best of this incredible country. German visitors to the country made up 15.9 per cent of all tourism traffic during April, with Russians coming in second and the UK third.

With more people than ever checking out this most incredible country, why not be the latest to experience Turkey by taking a cruise along the coastline? Such a holiday would offer an excellent insight into the history, the culture and the sheer beauty that can be found in abundance here.

From bustling Bodrum to fascinating Fethiye, there is plenty to be discovered here. And Seafarer even offer a traditional mode of transport from which you can carry out your journey around the coast – a traditional Turkish gulak. 

If this has piqued your curiosity, check out our wide range of holidays around this East meets West culture of wonderment.