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Turkish foreign visitor arrivals surge to 2.05 mln in June, data shows

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The number of foreign visitors arriving in Turkey jumped to 2.048 million in June, data showed on Friday, nearly 10 times the level a year earlier when COVID-19 restrictions were first imposed, but less than half the level two years earlier.

Turkey began closing borders and restricting activity when its first COVID-19 case was recorded in March last year and there were only 215,000 foreign arrivals in June 2020.

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In the first half as a whole, foreign arrivals rose 27 percent from last year but were less than a third of 2019 levels.

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