Domestic tourism spending and travel increase

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Spending on domestic tourism and travel is increasing

Domestic tourism spending rose 84 percent, while the number of travelers grew 9.5 percent year-on-year in the second quarter of 2022, according to data from the Turkish Institute of Statistics (TÜİK).

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Domestic tourists spent 19.7 billion Turkish liras from April to June, with package tour spending up more than 90 percent year-on-year to 1.6 billion liras.

In the first quarter, domestic tourism spending was 12.2 billion lire, up 100 percent from the same period in 2021.

Individual tourism spending increased by 97.7 percent year-on-year in the second quarter of 2022.

The average spend per trip, which stood at 1,008 liras in the second quarter of 2021, was 1,727 liras, up from 1,383 liras in the January-March period this year.

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37 percent of all spending was on transport, 26.8 percent on food and drink and 10.4 percent on overnight stays.

Package tour spending was the second largest item at 8.2 percent, and pre-trip spending accounted for 0.9 percent of all spending.

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About 9.85 million people took trips in the second quarter, up 9.5 percent year-on-year, while the number of trips rose 7.3 percent year-on-year to 11.4 million.

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The number of overnight stays, which rose 8.9 percent in the previous quarter, fell 17 percent year-on-year to 74.2 million, the data showed.

The average number of overnight stays was 6.5 after an average of 7.7 in the previous quarter and 8.4 in the second quarter of the previous year.

The main purpose of travel for travelers in the second quarter was visiting relatives with a share of 63.6 percent, followed by travel, leisure and vacation with 26.7 percent and health trips with 3.4 percent.

The proportion of business appointments and conference trips was 1.1 percent.

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According to TÜİK data, around 76 percent of these travelers stayed with relatives or friends, while 8 percent stayed in hotels and 8.4 percent in their own homes.

Last year, domestic travelers made a total of 52.8 million trips, up 23.2 percent from 2020, with overnight stays down 2.2 percent to 45.9 million.

Their spending totaled 58.1 billion liras in 2021, up more than 80 percent year on year, and package tour spending rose 171 percent to 5.1 billion liras. Individual spending rose nearly 75 percent to $53 billion in 2021.

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