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Ctrip: Chinese tourists in Turkey up 150% as lira nosedives

08/17/2018| 9:50:22 AM|

The tally of Chinese travelers visiting Turkey is set to top 400,000 this year, according to statistics.

The number of those who search for and sign for a tour to Turkey via Ctrip.Com International 's tourism segment have risen 150% since Aug. 12, the firm’s outbound travel platform's monitoring data show, news portal chinanews.com reported. The tally of travelers is set to top 400,000 this year, per statistics.

Turkey’s currency collapse has also driven bookings of package tours, independent travel, and local entertainment services, Ctrip stated. Flights will likely be overbooked during the period from late August to the Sept. 24 Mid-Autumn Festival and even the Oct. 1 National Day holiday, said Xiao Yinyuan, the head of Ctrip's outbound tourism.

Ctrip also indicated that after National Day, especially in November, the decline in airfare and hotel prices will drop the price of Turkish tourism products to a 20 to 30% discount from summer prices.

Turkey welcomed 250,000 visitors from the country last year and its tourist arrivals from January to May hit 159,000 person-times, up 96% annually, Turkish tourism statistics show.

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