Istanbul broke the tourist record of the last 10 years in July

Istanbul broke the tourist record of the last 10 years in July

Istanbul hosted 1 million 873 thousand 97 people in July, the highest number of foreign tourists on a monthly basis in the last 10 years. While 9 million 776 thousand 635 foreign tourists visited the megacity in the 7-month period of the year, this number increased by 15 percent compared to the same period last year.

According to the data of Istanbul Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism, 8 million 514 thousand 806 foreign tourists came to Istanbul in the 7-month period of 2022. The number of tourists increased by 15 percent in the same period of this year and reached 9 million 776 thousand 635.

The city, which was visited by 1 million 759 thousand 506 foreign tourists in July last year, hosted 1 million 873 thousand 97 foreign tourists this July. Thus, the number of foreign tourists arriving in July increased by about 6 percent compared to last year. According to the data, after July this year, the most tourists came to Istanbul in the same month of 2022.

In July, 1 million 823 thousand 416 people reached Istanbul by air and 49 thousand 681 people by sea.

Compared to the same period last year, arrivals to the city by air increased by 5 percent and those arriving by sea increased by 72 percent.

In July this year, 1642 passengers arrived from Atatürk Airport, 517 thousand 429 from Sabiha Gökçen Airport and 1 million 304 thousand 345 from Istanbul Airport. By sea, 1846 foreign visitors came to the city from Tuzla Port, 42 thousand 520 from Karaköy Port, 2 thousand 926 from Sarayburnu Port, 1719 from Zeytinburnu Port, 361 from Ambarlı Port, 240 from Haydarpaşa Port, 39 from Marmara Port and 30 from Pendik Port.

Of the tourists arriving by air, 71.53 percent used Istanbul Airport and 28.38 percent used Sabiha Gökçen Airport.

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Russians ranked first with 185,636 tourists visiting Istanbul in July, the same as last month.

Russia was followed by Germany with 135 thousand 568 tourists, Saudi Arabia with 135 thousand 96, USA with 105 thousand 41, Iran with 97 thousand 352, France with 69 thousand 263, England with 69 thousand 6, Iraq with 51 thousand 257, Kuwait with 45 thousand 854, Israel with 45 thousand 257, Netherlands with 44 thousand 273.

In July, 9.91 percent of Istanbul’s visitors came from Russia, 7.24 percent from Germany, 7.21 percent from Saudi Arabia, 5.61 percent from the USA, 5.20 percent from Iran, 3.70 percent from France, 3.68 percent from the UK and 2.74 percent from Iraq.

Tourists from 196 countries visited the city in July, with one visitor each from Solomon Islands, North Korea and Papua New Guinea, and two visitors each from Laos and East Timor.


Istanbul hosted about 1 in 3 of the total 26 million 766 thousand 240 tourists who visited Turkey in 7 months of the year.

On the other hand, 1 million 666 thousand 319 tourists visited Istanbul in July 2019, 301 thousand 930 in July 2020 and 1 million 130 thousand 999 in July 2021.

Gül Demirci

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