Turkey attracts 12 mln tourists in first 11 months of 2020

Turkey attracted 12.03 million foreign visitors in the first 11 months of 2020, the country's Culture and Tourism Ministry said on Dec. 25. 

The figures fell 71.95% year-on-year in the January-November period from 42.9 million, the official data showed, as expected, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and measures to stem it.

Antalya, hometown of Santa Claus

He rides a reindeer-drawn sleigh, makes toys in the North Pole with the help of elves and brings gifts to children through chimneys. Father Christmas is an indispensable part of Christmas every year across the world. But little is known that he was a native of what is today Antalya, a tourist hotspot on Turkey's Mediterranean coast.

Turkey sees 112,483 house sales in November

Turkey recorded 112,483 house sales in November, down 18.7% year-on-year, the country's statistical office announced on Dec. 15. 

"Istanbul had the highest share of house sales with 18.8% and 21,158 houses," TÜİK said in a statement.

The capital Ankara and the Aegean province of Izmir followed Istanbul with 10,710 and 6,574 house sales, respectively.

Turkey welcomes 11.2 mln foreign tourists in 10 months

Turkey welcomed some 11.2 million foreign visitors during the first 10 months of 2020, the country's Culture and Tourism Ministry said on Nov. 23.

During lockdowns and travel restrictions worldwide due to the pandemic, the number of foreigners visiting the country posted a decline by around 72.5% on a yearly basis, the ministry data showed.

Social distancing areas set up in Antalya beach against virus

A beach on the Turkish Mediterranean has set up social distancing areas and rules to guard against any new coronavirus outbreak.

Under a pilot program on Konyaaltı Beach in the resort city of Antalya, 9 square meter private areas have been set up with a distance of 1.5-2 m between them.