The Statistical Office of the Municipality of Istanbul has published data on the number of tourists received by the main Turkish metropolis in the past year 2020.
According to the statistics provided, 5 million tourists visited Istanbul in 2020 (- 66.4%). In the pre-pandemic 2019 Istanbul, such a large number of foreigners visited Istanbul from January to April. Most of all, the largest city in Turkey last year was visited by Russian citizens – 421 thousand, followed by the Germans-375 thousand, the French-227 thousand, the British-202 thousand, and Iranian citizens-174 thousand. Most of the tourists get to Istanbul through airports – 4.974 million people. Only 28 thousand people reached Istanbul by sea, which is 39% lower than in 2019.