With the opening of its first airport in Istanbul, Turkey is seeing a surge in tourism and economic growth.
But the economic impact of the tourism boom has been modest so far.
The tourism industry, which employs about 11,000 people, is expected to grow to nearly 40,000 jobs by 2020, the tourism ministry says.
The number of visitors in Turkey has risen by about 10 percent, the ministry said in a statement Thursday.
Tourism accounts for nearly 20 percent of the country’s economy, making it one of the largest economic drivers in the world.
Turkey is not the only country to be hit by the boom.
Last year, China’s tourism sector grew by 5.4 percent.