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Turkey expecting recovery in tourism numbers

Turkey expecting recovery in tourism numbers

Increasing numbers of people are booking flights to Turkey as holidaymakers take advantage of the country’s "strategic location".

This is according to research organisation RNCOS, which said that the country’s tourism market will recover from any setbacks experienced as a result of the global economic downturn last year.

In its Turkey Tourism Industry Forecast to 2012 report, RNCOS reveals that British, German and Russians are the biggest tourist groups travelling to the country, with the three nations accounting for 36.4 per cent of Turkey’s total tourist arrivals in 2008.

The report goes on to say that the development of new holiday strategies has encouraged more people to visit the Mediterranean country for health, golf, culture and yachting tourism.

It was also revealed that more Turkish people are booking flights abroad to go on their holidays, with international departures nearly doubling between 2002 and 2008.

Separate RNCOS research published last August predicted that the number of people booking flights to Malaysia will increase by nine percent between 2009 and 2012.