Tourism investments have increased significantly throughout Türkiye since the 1980s. Since the second half of the 1980s, especially around Antalya and Muğla, thanks to tourism incentives and land allocation policies, there has been a severe increase in the accommodation capacity and subsequently the number of visitors, along with the tourism facilities built on public lands allocated to the private sector by the state for 49 years.
In the following years, with the rapid increase in the number of both domestic and foreign tourists, the tourism sector started to constitute a considerable role in the Turkish economy. Besides, there has been a significant increase in volume in the tourism sector as many airports have been built throughout the country and access to holiday resorts has become much easier than in the past with the completion of the highway investments.
Although the tourism sector in Türkiye has a fragile nature due to the economic and political factors of the region, we see that tourism has diversified at the point reached today, thanks to the historical and geographical richness of our country. There are various sub-branches that attract diferent groups, such as summer tourism, winter tourism, health tourism, cultural tourism, business tourism, faith tourism, gastronomic tourism. As a result, foreign tourists from very diferent socio-economic profiles visit Turkiye. Likewise, there is a growing market in domestic tourism.
According to TÜİK (TÜİK) data for the first 11 months of 2022, it was revealed that 40 billion USD revenue was obtained from 42 million visitors. The fact that tourism is divided into such diferent sub-categories is one of the strongest aspects of tourism in our country. As a result of this, we see that Turkey has been receiving visitors for 12 months, tourism has gone beyond being a seasonal concept and seasonal fluctuations in the number of visitors have decreased.