Turkey's tourism revenue increases in Q3

By Tuba Sahin

ANKARA (AA) – Turkey's tourism revenue reached $11.5 billion in the July-September period, the country's statistical authority announced on Wednesday.

Country's revenue rose by 1 percent in the third quarter of 2018, up from $11.4 billion in the same quarter in 2017, Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) said in a statement.

Nearly 82 percent of the income (excluding GSM roaming and marina service expenditures) was earned from foreign visitors while 18.2 percent was received from citizens residing abroad.

Turkey welcomed 18.8 million visitors between July and September, marking a rise of 12.7 percent from the same period last year — 84.7 percent foreign citizens and 15.3 percent Turkish citizens residing abroad.

The average expenditure per capita was $612 in the third quarter of 2018.

"In this quarter while average expenditure of the foreigners was $589 per capita, average expenditure of the Turkish citizen residents abroad was $724 per capita," TurkStat said.