Turkish Statistical Institute
The number of museums in Turkey increased by 5.8 percent in 2020 and reached 494, according to the Cultural Heritage Statistics report announced by the Turkish Statistical Institute.
The number of museums was 467 in 2019.
The report showed that 205 out of the total museums are affiliated with the Culture and Tourism Ministry, while 289 run privately.
Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy on Sept. 4 reaffirmed the government's annual target of 25 million foreign tourists.
"We are not doing badly. We are still committed to our target of 25 million tourists and $20 billion in revenues that we announced at the start of the season," he said during a press conference at Istanbul's Maiden Tower.
U.S.-based multinational banking and financial services company JP Morgan on Sept. 1 revised its estimate for Turkey's economic growth for 2021 from 6.8 percent to 8.4 percent.
According to a report published by the firm, the Turkish economy continued to grow "at full speed thanks to robust domestic demand and surging export demand in the second quarter."