December 19, 2017 / 9:46 AM / in 6 months

Turkey's tourism revenue to reach $26 billion in 2017, minister says

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey expects 31.4 million tourists to visit the country this year and tourism revenues to reach $26 billion, Tourism Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Tuesday.

Tourists visit the Ottoman-era Sultanahmet mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque, in Istanbul, Turkey, April 17, 2017. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Turkey also forecasts over 38 million arrivals in 2018, Kurtulmus told Turkish broadcaster AHaber.

Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Writing by Ezgi Erkoyun

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