According to the latest data released by the Turkish Consulate General Cultural and Information office for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, some 90,590 Kuwaiti travelers landed in Turkey’s many international airports, from the period starting January 1st to May 30th 2018.
Kuwait leads the region in terms of the number of travelers going to Turkey for business, medical and leisure tourism, or 54% of the total tourist outflow from the GCC. In 2016, some 61,189 travelers from Kuwait traveled to Turkey, and 77,259 travelers in 2017.
“Turkey continues to be an attractive destination for Kuwaiti business people, holidaymakers and those seeking medical services due to our strong cultural ties together,” said Salah Ozer, Turkey’s Attaché of Culture and Information.
The data was released as Kuwait Airways announced its intention to increase the number of flights, and destinations, to Turkey this summer.
“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 Bahrain saw 28,775 travelers depart to Turkey in from the period starting January 1st to May 30th 2018, and 15,417 from the UAE over the same period.
Source: Cicero and Bernay