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More Than 1.6 Million Iranians Visited Turkey From January To September

Turkey, Istanbul - Bay View Golden Horn and the Marmara Sea. File photo

More than 1.6 million Iranians have visited Turkey in the first nine months of this year, according to Turkey’s tourism office. Although this figure is two percent less than last year, but in August and September the number of visitors from Iran skyrocketed.

Iranians are the fifth largest national group among Turkey’s foreign tourists. In August 45 percent more Iranians visited Turkey and in September 54 percent compared with same months last year.

Iranians are also in the second spot among foreigners buying property in Turkey, after Iraqi citizens.

Turkey’s Statistics Center issued a report last week showing that Iranians have bought 3,324 units this year, which has risen 14.5 percent compared with last year and 22 percent more than in 2017.

Iran’s currency has lost its value fourfold against foreign currencies in the past two years and more Iranians buying properties in Turkey can only mean that more affluent people are investing their money abroad.

The number of foreign visitors to Turkey in the first nine months of 2019 was more than 36 million, 14.5 percent higher than last year. Tourism has brought $26.6 billion for Turkey in this period

Forty percent of tourists went to vacation area of Antalya, while 25 percent visited Istanbul. People from Europe and former Communist countries constitute the bulk of visitors.