Tourism grew 1.47 percent in Turkey as shrinking 7 percent in the world in the January-July period of 2009, World Tourism Organization (WTO) said.

Turkish Ministry of Culture & Tourism said in a statement on Wednesday that tourism shrunk 7 percent in the world and 8.4 percent in Europe in the January-July period of the year because of impacts of the global financial crisis.

"Tourism grew 1.47 percent in Turkey in the same period with number of tourists rising up to 21.8 million. Number of tourists increased only in Turkey among the ten most popular tourism destinations in the world," the ministry added.

Tourism figures in the top ten countries in 2009 are as follows:

Countries       Difference (percent)    Period

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France              -9               January-August

United States       -10              January-July

Spain               -9.9             January-August

China               -5.8             January-August

Italy               -4.4             January-June

Britain             -11              January-August

Turkey              +1.47            January-September

Ukraine             -12              January-September

Germany             -6.1             January-July

Mexico              -6.8             January-July

Tourism figures in three Mediterranean countries which do not take place in

the list of top ten countries are as follows:

Countries       Difference (percent)    Period

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Greece                 -7,5            January-September

Egypt                  -7,3            January-August

Greek Cypriot          -10,9           January-August

 

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