89,488 Qataris visited Turkey between Jan & Nov Dec 30, 2019 0 1131 12345 Tribune News NetworkDohaA total of 89,488 Qatari nationals travelled to Turkey between January and November this year, representing a 12.59 percent increase as compared to the same period last year.Qataris make the second-largest tourist population group arriving from an Arab nation in Turkey.According to the Turkish Cultural and Tourism Office, the number of international tourists travelling to Turkey from January to November this year has climbed to 40,719,786 tourists, representing a 14.47 percent annual increase.Contributing to this rise is a significant surge in the number of visitors travelling in from neighbouring GCC nations, with the largest influx from Kuwait, followed by Qatar. “Shopping, medical tourism and gastronomy are some of the biggest draws for tourists visiting Turkey from the GCC countries,” said Salih Ozer, Attaché of Culture and Information, Turkey. “Areas such as Istanbul, Bursa, Yalova, Trabzon and Antalya are all popular with Middle Eastern travellers. Most tourists come to us in the summer period of June to August and the winter months of December to February.”Of the nearly 41 million foreign visitors to Turkey so far this year, the largest group has travelled in from Russia, with 6,694,453 visitors, representing almost 16.5 percent of the total number, and followed by tourists from Germany, the UK and Bulgaria.This number is expected to receive a boost from the expected influx in December, which signals the arrival of the winter crowds. Turkey has recently experienced a rise in holidaymakers visiting in the winter months to capitalise on the country’s range of ski resorts, winter sports, hot springs and popular thermal centres, in addition to its signature attractions and historical sites.“We have seen a considerable rise in the number of domestic and international visitors flocking to ski centres in the winter months over the last two years. Last year we received about six million tourists, including overnight visitors, to Turkey’s ski zones. This year we’re expecting this number to increase, based on figures clocked in the previous years,” he added. RELATED ARTICLES FIFA praises Qatar’s footballing feats Dec 30, 2019 0 1551 Schengen visa fees to be hiked from Feb Dec 30, 2019 0 967 Qatar plays key role in resolving conflicts, says Mexican official Dec 30, 2019 0 370 QM, Sidra Medicine launch project on Qatar’s prehistoric population A joint team from Qatar Museums (QM) and Sidra Medicine has launched an archaeological excavation project that aims to understand the prehistoric population of Qatar. The excavation is led by QM’s Director of the .. Amir’s foreign visits bolster Qatar’s world standing The Amir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani’s foreign visits in 2019 have strengthened Qatar’s relations with many countries across the world. The visits led to signing of several agreements that enhanced Qatar’s .. Qatar condemns US stabbing incident Qatar has condemned the stabbing incident near New York that left several people injured. In a statement on Sunday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated Qatar’s firm position on rejecting violence and terrorism, .. 1,068 tonnes of vegetables sold at agri yards in Dec The local agriculture product sales yards at Al Mazrouah, Al Wakrah, Al Khor, Al Thakhira, Al Sheehaniya and Al Shamal have seen records sales of vegetables and fruits in December. A total of 1,068 tonnes of vegetables, ..