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Friday October 6, 2017 8:16 PM, News Network

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Turkey's 10 provinces made up more than 85.6 percent of all Turkish exports in the first nine months of the year, as Istanbul led the way with exports worth $45.6 billion, Turkish Exporters' Assembly (TİM) has confirmed.

According to TİM, Turkey's exports hit $106.7 billion in the January-September period. The figure, however, goes up to $114.7 billion when exports outside the exporters' associations are also included.

Among the total, exports worth $45.6 billion were undertaken by companies registered in Istanbul, making it responsible for 42.7 percent of all exports.

It was followed by Bursa with exports valued at $10.3 billion, Kocaeli's $9.2 billion, İzmir's $6.3 billion and Gaziantep's $4.8 billion. Meanwhile, the volume of exports from Ankara-based companies stood at $4.7 billion compared to $3.8 billion in Sakarya, $2.7 billion in Manisa, $2.2 billion in Denizli and $1.7 billion in Hatay.

Exports from the aforementioned 10 provinces totaled $91.3 billion, corresponding to 85.6 percent of Turkey's exports. The least amount of contribution to Turkey's exports in the nine months of the year came from Bayburt with only $89,900, followed by Kars with $345,600 and Tunceli with $421,900.

All three were also registered as the provinces that exported less than $1 million during the same period. Despite attempts to drive as well as diversify regional exports, the contribution of 67 out of Turkey's 81 provinces remain below 1 percent.

In terms of regions, Marmara, with $70.3 billion, was the biggest contributor to Turkey's exports during the January-to-September period. It was the sole region responsible for almost 65.9 percent of all exports.

The Aegean region ranked second with an export volume of $12.6 billion, followed by the Central Anatolia Region with $8.4 billion, the southeastern Anatolia region with $6.3 billion, the Mediterranean region with $6 billion and the Black Sea region with $2.5 billion.

The eastern Anatolia region made the least contribution with $725,400, corresponding to just 0.7 percent of total exports.

Meanwhil, the number of foreign visitors to Istanbul rose by 10.8 percent in the first eight months of this year, when compared to the same period last year, official data said recently.

Turkey's Ministry of Culture and Tourism said this year so far 6.95 million foreign tourists have visited the city, official data showed. A 37.3 percent surge in 1.24 million foreign tourists has seen this August when compared to the same period last year.

Most tourists came to Istanbul from Germany (656,428 people), followed by Iran (526,084 people) and Saudi Arabia (413,273), Anadolu Agency reported.

The visitors from Arab countries went up by 36.7 percent to 1.78 million between January and August 2017, compared to the same period last year.

Most tourists came to Istanbul through the Atatürk and Sabiha Gökçen airports, 5.45 million and 1.47 million, respectively. The total foreign tourists were 9.2 million in 2016, 12.4 million in 2015, 11.8 million in 2014 and 10.4 million in 2013.

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