Turkey high-end shopping drives tourism from GCC countries

Repeat visits to Turkey from GCC tourists have helped fuel the growth of the sector

Istanbul is driving tourism from GCC countries
Istanbul is driving tourism from GCC countries

Turkey’s Cultural and Tourism Office in Dubai has confirmed a “significant” tourist influx from Arab nations generated by its growing popularity as a shopping destination.

The representative reported a spike in the number of international tourists – particularly those from neighbouring Arab countries – travelling to Turkey to shop for high-end designer and luxury brands.

Foreign cards amounted to TL 26.3 billion (US$4.5m) in 2018, representing an increase of 76% year-on-year, according to source cited by the Cultural and Tourism Office.

The Attache of Culture and Information for Turkey in the UAE Salih Ozer said travellers can enjoy greater value for their money in Turkey when compared to other popular destinations.

“The travel and tourism sector plays a crucial role as a driver of economic growth, job creation and social inclusion. Repeat visits from tourists from the GCC countries in particular help fuel the growth of this sector,” said Ozer.

“We expect tourist spending in Turkey to continue undeterred through to the end of this year as the number of visitors bound for Turkish cities rises.”

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