ECONOMY

Tourists flock to Turkey in spite of fears

ANKARA (Reuters) – The number of tourists visiting Turkey in July rose 22.12 percent year-on-year to hit 3.16 million, official data showed yesterday. The increase occurred despite a bomb blast in the popular Aegean port of Kusadasi on July 17 that destroyed a minibus, killing five people. But there was no breakdown in the data to indicate whether numbers declined in the last fortnight of the month. Tourist numbers jumped 25.80 percent year-on-year to 11.72 million in the first seven months of this year. Germans remained the largest group to visit Turkey in July, accounting for 20.05 percent of all foreign visitors. Russians and Britons followed.