Amid the worldwide collapse in tourism due to the coronavirus pandemic, domestic tourism spending in Turkey continued to fall in the third quarter of 2020 on a yearly basis, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) announced on Jan. 22.
While the number of domestic visitors decreased by 28.7% in the July-September period, year-on-year, residents spent 18.86 billion Turkish liras ($2.6 billion), down 19.2% over the same period.
“The highest decreases were package tour expenditures with 39.4%, trip expenditures made before trip with 33.7% and clothing and giftware expenditures with 31.4% respectively,” the institute said.
The first-quarter data also showed that tourists took 21.7 million trips, decreasing 32% on an annual basis.
Domestic visitors made more than 255 million overnight trips while average number of overnights was 11.7 and average expenditures per trip totaled some 868 Turkish liras ($120.2).
The primary purpose of trips was visiting relatives, accounting for a 58.9% share, followed by travel, leisure, and holiday with 35.7%, and health with 2.4%.
Meanwhile, in the third quarter, the number of visitors and total expenses were more than overall figures during the first two quarters.
Hurriyet Daily News