Tourism in Turkey is a vital sector for the nation’s economic system. The ratio of tourism revenues to exports is 16.7%. Tourism activities in the country are under the responsibility of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey. There are many touristic places in Turkey that reflect the history and culture of the country, and there are also touristic activities on the shores of the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas. In recent years, the country has become popular in health tourism.
Being the largest city of Turkey, Istanbul, being the capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, has many ancient structures. Sultan Ahmet Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace are some of them. Other important tourism areas; Ephesus, Troy, Bergama, Side, the House of the Virgin Mary, as well as the regions of Cappadocia, Nemrut and Pamukkale, which remained from the Roman Empire period.
Beach areas are an important tourist area, usually for people living in various cities of Turkey and tourists from Western Europe. The most necessary seashores begin from the Aegean coast and finish close to Antalya within the Mediterranean. Also Bodrum, Cesme, Fethiye, Marmaris, Kusadasi, Alanya are important holiday destinations.
It has began to present significance to winter tourism so as to unfold its tourism actions all year long. Whereas 2.7 million vacationers had been hosted within the winter season ten years in the past; this determine reached 4.8 million in 2014. It has 51 ski services and a mattress capability of 9,549. Turkey ranks 18th on the planet by way of ski services. Uludağ, Palandöken, Kartepe, Kartalkaya, Sarıkamış, Erciyes, Davraz Mountain are the essential ski facilities of Turkey.
Thermal tourism in Turkey is especially important in terms of domestic tourism. Turkey, which has 1300 thermal and more than 2000 healing water sources, is the 5th in the world in this respect. Since the Hittites, hot springs have been used in Anatolian lands.