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Turkey tourism revenue slumps 27% in Q4

dpa logodpa 31/01/2017

Turkey tourism revenues slumped 27.2 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2016, state-run agency Turkstat says.

Turkey tourism revenues slumped 27.2 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2016, state-run agency Turkstat says, noting income was $US4.7 billion ($A6.2 billion).

Tourism revenue for last year as a whole dropped 29.7 per cent, to $US22.1 billion, of which nearly 73 per cent came from foreign visitors, while the rest was domestic spending.

It was a rough year for tourism as Turkey was hit by a failed coup attempt, numerous terrorist attacks, including by Islamic State, and an intensifying conflict with Kurdish militants demanding greater autonomy for the minority group.

The decline in tourism was already noted in the second half of 2015 amid the political instability.

The Tourism Ministry says foreign visitor numbers declined in the first 11 months of 2016 by 30 per cent after the previous year saw a drop of just over one per cent.

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