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By Tuba Sahin
ANKARA (AA) - Turkey's tourism revenue totaled $4 billion in the third quarter of this year, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) announced Friday.
From July to September, quarterly tourism revenue fell 71.2% from $14 billion in the same period last year, due to coronavirus-related travel restrictions and pandemic concerns.
"While 71.6% of this income (excluding GSM roaming and marina service expenditures) was obtained from foreign visitors, 28.4% was obtained from citizens resident abroad," TurkStat said.
According to official figures, individual expenditures constituted nearly $3.1 billion of the total tourism income, while some $946.7 million of the revenues came from package tour expenditures.
In the three-month period, Turkey welcomed over 5.6 million visitors -- 79% foreign and 21% Turkish citizens living abroad -- a 74.1% drop on a yearly basis.
TurkStat said visitors' average expenditures were $722 per capita, as foreigners spent $649 per capita and Turkish citizens spent $969 per capita.
The primary visiting purpose of foreigners was travel, entertainment, sports, and cultural activities with 74.9%.
The primary travel reason for Turkish visitors living abroad was visiting relatives and friends with 65.4%.
The institute also said that Turkey's tourism expenditure -- which is the expenditure of the Turkish citizens resident in Turkey and visiting abroad -- posted a 90% annual decline to $126 billion in the July-September period.
"In this quarter, the number of Turkish citizens visiting abroad decreased 93.1% compared to the same period last year," TurkStat said.
Some 203,223 Turkish citizens traveled abroad and spent $620 per capita on average.