According to the data of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the number of foreign tourists visiting Turkey in the January-December 2022 period was 44 million 564 thousand 395.
The number of Ukrainian tourists visiting Turkey decreased from 2 million to 675 thousand in one year. On the other hand, the Saudis flocked to Turkey in 2022.
According to the provisional data obtained from the General Directorate of Security and the Turkish Statistical Institute; the number of foreigners visiting Turkey in December 2022 increased by 26.79% compared to the same month in 2021 and reached 2 million 399 thousand 441 people.
The number of foreign tourists visiting Turkey in the January-December period of 2022 was 44 million 564 thousand 395. This figure fell behind 2019, the pre-pandemic period. In the January-December period of 2019, 45 million 58 thousand 286 foreign visitors came to Turkey.
In the list of countries sending the most visitors to Turkey in December 2022, Russia is 1st with 11.98% (287 thousand 413), Bulgaria is 2nd with 10.86% (260 thousand 676) and Germany is 3rd with 8.24% (197 thousand 809). Germany was followed by Iran and Georgia.
The number of visitors to Turkey in 2022 increased by 71.07% compared to 2021 and reached 51 million 387 thousand 513.
In the January-December period of 2022, the number of foreign citizens residing in Turkey increased by 28.09% compared to the same period in 2021 and reached 6 million 823 thousand 118 people.
On the other hand, the data also revealed that there was an influx of Saudi tourists to Turkey in 2022.
While 866 Saudi tourists visit Turkey in December 2021, this number increased to 37 thousand 464 in December 2022.
The number of Saudi tourists visiting Turkey in the January-December period of 2021 was 10 thousand 83 and it increased to 497 thousand 914 in the January-December period of 2022.
Foreign tourists visiting Turkey are also very interested in buying real estate here. According to the official data announced, a total of 3 million, 434 thousand, 389 Turkish real estate sales transactions were made in 2022.