Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry Istanbul Directorate announced the number of foreign tourist arrivals to Istanbul for the first half of 2011.

According to the report, a total of 773.092 tourists visited Istanbul in June 2011; an increase of 17.3 per cent compare to June 2010. The number of international tourist arrivals between January and June in 2010 and 2011 were 3.093.488 and 3.563.885 respectively. It means an increase of 15.2 per cent in the first half of the year compare to same period last year.

In the first half of 2011, following nationalities visited Istanbul:

German:%12.2,  Russian:%6.8,  USA:%5.5, French:%5.2, British:%4.8,  Italian:%4.6, Iranian:%4.3, Dutch:%3.0, Spanish:%2.2, Japanese:%2.2, Ukrainian:%2.1, Azerbaijani:%1.9, South Korean:%1.8, Turkmen: %1.7, Austrian:%1.6, Other nationalities: 40.2