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Turkey's Tourism Revenues $3.6 billion for 2nd Quarter

BusinessTurkey's tourism revenues were recorded at $3.6 billion for the second quarter of the year, down 1.8 % when compared to the same period last year - the Turkish Statistics Institute (TUIK) has revealed.

According to the TUIK data issued on Thursday, the total tourism revenues dropped by 1.8 % during the April-June 2006 period, compared to the corresponding period of 2005. Thus, Turkey's total tourism income has reached $5.7 billion in the combined first half of 2006.

The number of tourists visiting Turkey during the January-June period of this year regressed by 8 percent; dropping to 7 million 876 thousand, when compared to the same period of the last year.

In the first quarter of this year, tourism revenues rose to $2 billion- an increase on the figure of $1.9 billion for the first quarter of 2005- although tourist arrivals in Turkey fell by 11.5% in the first quarter of 2006 compared to the first quarter of last year.

The bird flu outbreaks, the World Cup games held in Germany, the murder of an Italian priest in Trabzon and the Danish cartoon row earlier this year are seen as the key factors in the reduction of tourist arrivals in Turkey in 2006.

Turkey's tourism revenues were recorded at $18.2 billion with a 14 percent rise in 2005, exceeding government targets. The government had been hoping that the figure would exceed the $20 billion threshold by the end of 2006.


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