Istanbul, Türkiye's largest city by population and a top tourist destination, welcomed 36.9 percent of all foreign visitors, or 8.5 million.
The ancient castle bears traces of three important civilisations and is now open to domestic and foreign visitors after the completion of restoration works.
Türkiye's "most magical city" has been selected as one of the 50 greatest places in the world for 2022 by Time Magazine.
On the heels of a pandemic that saw Hajj access curtailed, demand for the pilgrimage has never been higher, bringing with it the pressure to safely and efficiently accommodate millions.
The number of foreign tourists visiting Türkiye went up 207.1 percent year-on-year in the January-May period.
Domestic and international visitors flock to charming touristic hub in central Nevsehir province after Covid-19 restrictions dropped.
Tour groups are expected to take responsibility for ensuring visitors respect Japan's near-universal mask-wearing and other measures that have helped keep the toll from Covid-19 comparatively low.
Government proposes a 40 percent cut in fuel tax to offset the rise in gas and oil prices as the vital tourism sector takes a hit.
Before the war, Russia and Ukraine were Egypt's two most lucrative markets, and officials say Cairo is exploring ways to attract Russians via third countries such as Türkiye if sanctions allow.
Ankara was already grappling with high inflation like other countries when the war broke out, sending energy prices through the roof.
The attacks on major cities in the Gulf mark a dangerous escalation that could see the spillover beyond Yemen and parts of Saudi Arabia.
"The pace of recovery remains slow and uneven across world regions due to varying degrees of mobility restrictions, vaccination rates, and traveller confidence," says World Tourism Organization.
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