Coronary virus epidemic caused serious losses in tourism sector

The coronavirus epidemic caused serious losses in the tourism sector
The coronavirus epidemic caused serious losses in the tourism sector

Due to measures taken Covidien limit of 19 overseas trips closure of Istanbul, both of Turkey's tourism balance has changed dramatically. In March, the number of tourists coming to Istanbul decreased by 67,9 percent compared to the previous year. In line with the 59,8 percent decrease in hotel occupancy rates, a 65,5 percent decrease was observed in the revenue per room. While the number of tourists coming from Arab countries decreased by 71 percent, Germany was the country with the highest number of tourists.


Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Istanbul Statistics Office discussed the changes in the tourism sector in a year in the May 2020 issue of Tourism Bulletin. Almost all over the world, tourism is one of the sectors most affected by the closure of borders to international travel due to Covit 19 measures. Performed statistical evaluations of Istanbul and Turkey also revealed that tourism suffered serious losses.

Number of Tourists Decreased by 67,9 Percent in One Year

The number of tourists coming to Istanbul in March decreased by 588 thousand compared to the previous month and reached 374 thousand. Compared to March of the previous year, the number of tourists coming to Istanbul decreased by 67,9 percent. The number of tourists visiting Turkey was realized as compared to the previous month decreased by 1 thousand to 718 million, was 67,8 percent decrease compared to the previous year.

59,8% Decline in Hotel Occupancy Rates

In Istanbul in March 2020, the hotel occupancy rate decreased by 59,8 percent compared to the same period of the previous year and reached 29 percent. In February 2020, a 65,1 percent occupancy rate was observed.

Decrease in Concierge Income, 65,5 percent

As a result of the exchange rate effect, the average daily room price decreased by 14,2 percent compared to March and was realized as 65,9 Euros. Meanwhile, revenue per room, calculated over the total room, decreased by 65,5 percent to 19,1 euros.

67,9% Decline in Air and Sea Voyage

In March, the number of passengers coming to Istanbul by air and sea decreased by 67,9 percent compared to the previous year. In March 2020, 372 thousand 710 tourists came to Istanbul by airline. The airport with the most tourists was Istanbul Airport with 261 thousand. While the total number of tourists coming to Istanbul by seaway is 391 thousand, the most frequent destination for tourists was recorded as Tuzla with 678 tourists.

312 Thousand Turkish Citizens Arrived Abroad

The Istanbul Statistical Office also worked on Turkish citizens living abroad. In March, 312 thousand Turkish citizens came from abroad. 312 thousand of them made arrival by airline and 2 thousand by seaway. 2 thousand Turkish citizens went abroad, 232 thousand of them by seaway.

Most Tourists Came From Germany

In March, 35 thousand tourists came from Germany; but there was a 59 percent decrease compared to last year. Russia was followed by Russia with 33 thousand, England with 16 thousand and France with 15 thousand respectively.

Arab Tourist Decreases by 71 Percent

In March, the number of visitors from Arab countries decreased by 188 thousand compared to the previous year. It was 71 thousand with a fall of 77 percent. The Arab country, with the highest number of tourists, was Algeria with 14 thousand. Algeria was followed by Libya, Morocco and Tunisia, respectively.

H53% Decrease in Number of Airline Passengers

The number of airline passengers in Istanbul decreased by 2020 percent compared to the same period of the previous year in the period of March 53 and reached 3 million 876 thousand. 1 million 794 thousand of these passengers were domestic and 2 million 81 thousand were international passengers.

Tourism Bulletin, Ministry of Culture and Tourism Ministry, Turkey Hoteliers Association (TUROB) and the General Directorate of State Airports Administration (SAMA) data compiled and prepared.


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