ANKARA 

Turkey’s domestic tourism expenditures surged 21.5% year-on-year in 2019, the country’s statistical authority said Wednesday.

Residents spent some 48.9 billion Turkish liras ($8.6 billion) on domestic trips last year, including individual and package tour expenditures, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) said.

“While 91.9% of domestic tourism expenditures were individual with 44.9 billion lira ($7.9 billion), 8.1% were package tour expenditures with nearly 4 billion Turkish liras ($700 million),” TurkStat said.

Official figures showed domestic visitors made around 637 million overnight trips, while the average number of overnights was 8.1 and average expenditures per trip totaled some 625 Turkish liras

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