Turkey sees boom in number of tourists

The number of foreign tourists visiting Turkey increased by 10.7% to 19 mln in January-July, 2013, it was stated in the report of Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, APA reports quoting Cihan agency.

According to the report, 10 mln of tourists arrived in Turkey from Europe, 4.8 mln - from the CIS countries.

Antalya tops the visited cities. About 6 mln tourists traveled to Antalya during the reporting period. The second place is occupied by Istanbul with 5.8 mln tourists, the third – Mugla with 1.6 mln tourists.

2.6 mln tourists fell to share of Germany. The second and third places are taken by Russia and England (1.3 mln). The top 10 also includes Georgia, Bulgaria, Holland, Belgium, Iran, France and the US. Despite the cold relationship between Turkey and Israel, the number of tourists coming from Israel doubled in the first half of 2013.