Saudi tourists to Turkey drop by 17%
KSA’s embassy issued a warning to its citizens in Turkey after unidentified gunmen shot at Saudi nationals
The number of Saudi tourists to Turkey during the first seven months of 2019 has dropped by 16.96% and by 20.11% during last July, compared to the same two periods last year, data issued by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism have shown, according to Saudi Gazette.
During the first seven months of 2018, the number of Saudi tourists reached 445,875 but only 370,265 Saudis traveled to Turkey during the first seven months of 2019.
Meanwhile, during July 2018, Saudi tourists to Turkey reached 165,331 while in July 2019, they reached 135,273.
The Saudi Embassy in Ankara had issued six warnings to Saudi citizens, the last of which was in mid-August. This was after an armed attack against a Saudi citizen in Shishli. The Saudi citizen had to undergo several surgeries in one of Istanbul’s hospitals.
Last month, the embassy warned Saudi citizens about Turkish gangs targeting Saudi tourists and robbing them of their passports, money and valuables at three Turkish tourist locations – Taksim, Atakoy and Besiktas, in Istanbul.