Turkish tourism takes a dive as Greece thrives with Brits and Germans

The Turkish tourism sector has taken a blow with more than a 45% drop in German tourism numbers according to a report by International research institute GfK.

The report suggests the drop is largely due to the political tension with Germany and the recent terrorist attacks and political instability.

Greece on the other hand experienced a 59.1% increase in German tourists between January and February 2017, placing it second after the Balearic Islands.

Cyprus saw a 143.1% rise in bookings year-on-year, followed by Morocco (103.4%) and Croatia (26.8%). Egypt also doubled bookings, according to the January-February 2017 figures.

Mediterranean countries including Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Morocco and Egypt remain among the most popular tourist destinations to visitors from Germany and the UK, international said in a recent report.

Greece and Spain continue to be the destinations of choice for most British tourists, with Greece ranking second in their preferences, as holiday bookings increased by 12% between January and March 2017, with Spain being first choice.

According to GfK most tourists are expected in Greece between May and September, however an increase in bookings is observed for October as well. The Dodecanese Islands, the Ionian Islands and Crete remain top destinations for the British.

GfK SE, established in 1934 as Gesellschaft für Konsumforschung (Society for Consumer Research) is Germany’s largest market research institute, and the fourth largest market research organisation in the world, after Nielsen Company, Kantar Group and Ipsos.

GCT Team

This article was researched and written by a GCT team member.

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