Turkey records drop in tourists from UAE, Saudi Arabia in August
Decline could further affect the country’s tourism sector after the collapse of Thomas Cook
Data from the ministry revealed that the total number of Saudi tourists in August was 100,120 a 28.49% decline when compared to the same period in 2018. While 6,419 UAE tourists visited the country in August, recording a drop of 15.99% when compared to August 2018.
During the first seven months of 2019, the number of Saudi tourists to Turkey dropped by 16.96% compared to the same period last year.
The Saudi embassy has issued several warnings to its citizens regarding visiting the country, the last of which was in mid-August.
The decline in visitors from the Middle East could further add to the stress that the tourism sector is going through after the collapse of British tour company Thomas Cook.
One of Turkey’s top feeder markets in the UK and a majority of the tourists from the region booked trips through Thomas Cook.