Turkey Statistical Institute, last year’s fourth quarter and 2020, “Household Domestic Tourism” announced that data.
Accordingly, in the last quarter of last year, 5 million 977 thousand people residing in the country traveled. The total number of trips made by those traveling within the country with one or more overnights decreased by 44 percent compared to the same period of the previous year and reached 7 million 189 thousand.
Those who traveled in the last quarter of last year made 62 million 658 thousand overnights. Average number of overnights was 8.7, average expenditure per trip was 805 TL.
When evaluated on an annual basis, the total number of trips decreased by 45.2 percent compared to the previous year and was recorded as 42 million 847 thousand.
The total number of overnights made by those traveling in 2020 was 469 million 91 thousand with a decrease of 26.4 percent compared to the previous year. The average number of overnights reached 10.9 nights, and the average expenditure per trip was 753 lira.
Domestic travel expenditures of domestic tourists decreased by 26.2 percent in the said quarter compared to the same period of the previous year and decreased to 5 billion 787 million 703 thousand liras.
Travel expenditures were made as personal or package tour expenditures. 97 percent of these expenditures were personal expenditures with 5 billion 612 million 429 thousand liras and 3% of them were package tour expenditures with 175 million 274 thousand liras.
The total expenditures made on domestic travels decreased by 34.1 percent in 2020 compared to the previous year and became 32 billion 250 million 278 thousand liras. 94.2 percent of these expenditures were personal expenditures with 30 billion 369 million 370 thousand liras and 5.8 percent were package tour expenditures with 1 billion 880 million 908 thousand liras.
When the rates of change in travel expenditures in the last quarter compared to the same quarter of 2019 are analyzed, the highest decrease was seen in package tour expenditures with 62.6 percent, clothing and souvenirs expenditures with 41 percent and spending before travel with 38.9 percent.
The highest decrease in annual travel expenditures was realized in pre-travel expenditures with 54.2%, package tour expenditures with 52.6% and clothing and souvenirs expenditures with 44.7%.
VISIT RELATIVES FIRST
In the last quarter of last year, trips made to visit relatives took the first place with 69.1 percent. This was followed by “travel, entertainment, vacation” with 17.2 percent and “health” with 4.8 percent.
When the purpose of travel is evaluated annually, “visiting relatives” is the first with 65.7 percent, “travel, entertainment, holiday” is the second with 25 percent, and “health” travels are in the third place with 4.2 percent. seen.
In the last quarter of last year, those who traveled stayed mostly in “house of friends or relatives” with 40 million 127 thousand overnights. According to the types of accommodation, “own house” ranked second with 17 million 848 thousand overnights, while “hotel” ranked third with 2 million 740 thousand overnights.
When the types of accommodation are evaluated on an annual basis, those who traveled stayed mostly in “house of friends or relatives” with 311 million 562 thousand overnights. This was followed by “own house” with 112 million 748 thousand overnights, and “hotel” with 18 million 878 thousand overnights.