Domestic tourism expenditures in Turkey soared 45.8% percent on an annual basis in the second quarter of this year, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) said on Thursday.
Residents spent 10.8 billion Turkish liras ($1.8 billion) on trips this April-June, up from 7.4 billion liras ($1.7 billion) from the same period last year.
TurkStat data showed that 15.7 million residents took domestic trips in the second quarter, up 4.2% year-on-year.
The average expenditure per trip was 556 Turkish liras (some $94) between April and June.
"Domestic trips with one or more than one overnights increased 2.7% compared to the same quarter of 2018 to reach 19.3 million trips," it said.
The top purpose for trips was visiting relatives, accounting for a 64.9% share, followed by travel, leisure, and holiday with 26.6%, and health at third with 3.4%. (AA)