Posted on August 17, 2018

According to the latest data released by the Turkish Consulate General Cultural and Information office for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, some 28,775 Qatari travelers landed in Turkey’s many international airports, from the period starting January 1st to May 30th 2018.

This comes a few weeks afterTop of FormBottom of Form Qatar Airways added flights direct to Borum and Antalya from Doha, making Antalya Qatar Airways' seventh destination in Turkey. The number of Qatar Airways flights to Turkish cities has reached 48, including Ankara, Adana, Hatay and two airports in Istanbul.

In 2016, some 14,028 travelers from Qatar traveled to Turkey, a number that grew to 15,499 travelers in 2017. These growing numbers of visitors further reinforce the strong historic ties between Qatar and Turkey and both countries have expressed their intentions to encourage two-way travel, trade, tourism and investment opportunities. “Turkey continues to be an attractive destination for Qatari business people, holiday makers and those seeking medical services due to our strong cultural ties together,” said Salah Ozer, Turkey’s Attaché of Culture and Information. “The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) recently named Turkey as the world’s sixth most visited country in 2017, welcoming 39.9 million tourists. Such achievements and accolades will help in growing the number of tourists traveling to Turkey in 2018.”

Other countries in the GCC also saw significant growth where Kuwait saw 90,590 travelers depart to Turkey in from the period starting January 1st to May 30th 2018, 28,775 from Bahrain, and 15,417 from the UAE over the same period.