Turkish food tourism expects to hit $10 billon revenue in 2019

Food tourism in Turkey is in full swing and this year Turkish food tourism is expected to hit $10 billon this year. Turkey’s food tourism sector is expected to hit all-time highs in terms of the number of tourists and revenue this year. It is as a part of target of Turkey’s tourism number 50 million tourists and $40 billion in turnover, the share of food tourism is expected to hit $8 billion to $10 billion this year. Kaya Demirer, the Chairman of Turkish Restaurants and Entertainment Association (TURYİD), said that the gastronomical spending per capita for tourists was $650 last year. Demirer added that the tourism sector in Turkey expected turnover of at least $8 billion in 2019, in parallel with the record expectation in the tourism sector. He said that if the target of 50 million tourists is reached we expect turnovers of around $10 billion. We are focusing on gastronomic tourism with a series of promotions. We have also received full support from the Tourism Ministry,” he said. According to tourism industry data, the food tourism turnover in Antalya alone is around 2.5 billion euros ($2.81 billion). Turkey Butchers’ Federation head Fazlı Yalçındağ said the revival in the tourism sector also increased the demand for the meat sector, adding that 5% of the meat produced in Turkey was consumed in the tourism sector. Even a 1% increase in demand is very significant for animal breeders, he continued. Since boutique hotels and tourist facilities make their purchases from local traders around the country, tourism contributes to each and every sector.

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