April 24, 2018 / 10:08 AM / 5 months ago

Turkey's Erdogan says expects 40 million tourists this year

ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday 40 million tourists will visit Turkey this year, a sharp increase on 2017.

A foreign tourist, with the Byzantine-era monument of Hagia Sophia in the background, takes pictures at Sultanahmet square in Istanbul, Turkey April 21, 2018. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

The number of foreign visitors in 2017 was up 28 percent at 32.4 million and the Turkish government has said it expects strong growth this year.

Reporting by Ercan Gurses; Writing by Dominic Evans

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