The number of foreign tourists visiting Turkey in the first four months increased by nearly 30 percent from the same period last year, according to official figures released today.

In the first four months, Turkey was visited by more than 9.53 million foreigners, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, an increase of 27.5 percent on an annual basis.

This year saw an increase in the number of tourists from a number of countries, including Bulgaria, Russia, Germany and the UK.

More than 1.15 million Russians have visited Turkey since the beginning of this year, up 135 percent from the same period last year. Germany came in second (966,336 German citizens arrived in Turkey in the January-April period), an increase of 18.74 percent year-on-year.

Bulgaria ranks third, with 797,956 Bulgarian citizens visiting Turkey in the first four months of the year, which is 17.45 percent more than the same period of 2022, according to the data.

More than 168,000 tourists visited Cappadocia in March.

Iran and the United Kingdom rank fourth and fifth in the number of tourists arriving in Turkey this year.

Istanbul, Turkey's largest city and tourist attraction, welcomed more than half of all foreign visitors, or nearly 4.77 million. people, BTA reported. Next is the Mediterranean resort of Antalya, visited by 1.6 million. foreign tourists in the first four months of the year and the city of Edirne, located near Bulgaria and Greece, visited by 1.1 million. foreign tourists.

In April alone, 3.3 million people arrived in Turkey. foreign tourists, which is more than 29 percent more than last year.