15.1- Number of Tourists

Number of visitors to Turkey within a particular time represents the amount of pressure put on the environment due to extensive consumption of natural resources in that period, besides wastewater, waste, noise, etc.

The number of tourists is found by subtracting the number of daily tourists from the total of foreign visitors and the visiting Turkish citizens residing abroad.

In 2003, 15,774,505 tourists visited Turkey, and this number increased to 30,288,789 in 2016. The number of tourists in 2016 compared to 2015 decreased by 23.28%.

 

GRAPH 119-  2003-2016 PERIOD NUMBER OF TOURISTS

Source: Ministry of Culture and Tourism

 

When the distribution of tourists visiting Turkey is considered by months, it is seen that tourists visited the country mostly in summer. In summer while water resource capacities are at minimum level, increasing water consumption per capita in touristic facilities bring about environmental problems related with water. Drawing an excessive amount of water from deep water wells is also a risk which increases the problem in sustainability of water resources.

 

GRAPH 120-  MONTHLY DISTRIBUTION OF TOURISTS VISITING TURKEY IN 2016

Source: Ministry of Culture and Tourism