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Turkey's tourism income totals $29.5B in 2018

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Turkey's tourism revenue for 2018 reached $29.5 billion, recording a 12.3 percent increase compared to last year, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TürkStat) announced on Thursday.

Turkey's tourism income totaled $29.5 billion in 2018, the country's statistical authority announced on Thursday.

The annual tourism revenue surged 12.3 percent last year, up from $26.3 billion in the previous year, TürkStat reported.

"While 81.8 percent of this income [excluding GSM roaming and marina service expenditures] was obtained from foreign visitors, 18.2 percent was obtained from citizens resident abroad," TürkStat said.

"In this year, while individual expenditures constituted $22.5 billion of the total tourism income, $6.9 billion of tourism income was obtained by package tour expenditures," it said.

Turkey welcomed 45.6 million visitors in 2018, marking a 18.1 percent hike from the previous year -- 85.4 percent foreign and 14.6 percent representing Turkish citizens residing abroad.

According to the official data, average expenditure per capita was $647 in 2018, as foreigners spent $617 per capita and Turkish citizens spent $801 per capita.

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