2008 News Archive - Holidays - Turkey 'proving popular with tourists'

29 01 2009

Turkey is proving a popular destination with tourists looking to beat the credit crunch, official figures released today suggest.

According to the news agency Reuters, revenue generated by tourists visiting Turkey rose by 15.2 per cent in the final quarter of last year compared with the same period in 2007.

In total nearly 31 million tourists travelled to Turkey over the course of 2008, visiting its stunning beaches, rugged rocky coasts and ancient Hellenic ruins.

Tourists spent around $22 billion (£15.5 billion) in the country during that time, despite the global financial crisis which hit towards the end of the year.

Recently, travel experts have been predicting that Turkey will remain a popular holiday destination in 2009, partially thanks to the relative weakness of the Turkish lira against the pound.

In the third quarter of last year, the Post Office bureau de change reported a 52 per cent increase in the sales of Turkish lira as savvy travellers took advantage of the favourable exchange rates.

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