Turkish tourism revenues hit $34.5 billion in 2019, a new record high, the country’s statistical authority said Friday.
The figure jumped 17% last year, up from $29.5 billion in 2018, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) reported.
The average expenditure per capita stood at $666 in 2019, up from $647 a year ago.
Data showed that visitors spent the most on food and beverages (nearly $1.1 billion), and accommodation ($1 billion) last year.
“In this year, while foreign visitors came to Turkey mostly for ‘travel, entertainment, sportive and cultural activities’ with 73.6%, Turkish citizens resident abroad visited mostly for ‘visiting