Turks driving into Greece up 14% in the first three months of the year

The number of Turks crossing into Greece by road rose 14% in the first three months of the year, with growth coming mostly from Istanbul residents, showed data on Monday from the Federation of Commerce and Entrepreneurship of Thrace.

“Just about 126,500 Turks, 15,787 more than the first quarter of 2017, visited our country in this period. At a time where there was a spike in Turkish aggression with ties between the two nations tense and a negative environment in the neighbouring country’s economy, with the Turkish lira collapsing and the exchange rate with the euro dropping to historical lows,” said the president of the Federation of Commerce and Entrepreneurship of Thrace, Costas Hatzimichael.

Most of the growth came from Turks living in Istanbul driving into Greece, who seem to be unaffected by rising tensions between the two countries, added the president.