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Published on : Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Turkey’s Ambassador to Bahrain, Hatun Demirer, said that, tourism cooperation with Bahrain has been steadily increasing and that the number of Bahraini tourists to her country has surged spectacularly.
“We are pleased to witness the rapidly increasing touristic relations between Turkey and Bahrain, which are two friendly countries with similar cultures and historical ties, in the recent years,” Ambassador Demirer said.
“The number of Bahraini visitors to Turkey reached 24,305 in 2014, from 3,155 in 2004. It is also a source of pride for Turkey, to attract an increasing number of Bahraini nationals to buy properties in Turkey, either as holiday homes or for investment purposes. This is a clear indication of the confidence of Bahrainis in Turkey’s economy and a strong sign that they feel at home in Turkey,” the ambassador told Bahrain News Agency (BNA).
The diplomatic envoy added that Turkish Airlines has daily flights between Istanbul and Bahrain and that Turkey’s low-cost carrier company, Pegasus, launched its Bahrain flights on June 12 last year, with three flights a week.
“We are also familiar with the preferences and requirements of tourists coming to Turkey from different parts of the world. Thus, the tourism field presents mutually beneficial partnership opportunities to Turkish and Bahraini private sectors.”
Bahrain’s focus on tourism and its drive to enhance and develop its tourism and hospitality sector, as part of its economic diversification efforts, means, there is a great potential for cooperation with Turkey in this field, she added.
“With around 41 million tourists visiting the country in 2014, Turkey is the world’s sixth most popular tourism destination. Naturally, tourism is one of the leading sources of revenue for the Turkish economy. Our goal for the year 2023, when we will celebrate the centenary of the founding of our Republic, is to host 50 million tourists and to increase our revenue from tourism to $50 billion,” she said.
“In addition to being a magnet for traditional tourism, Turkey is an increasingly attractive destination for meetings, conferences, exhibitions, as well as, for the other aspects of modern tourism such as education, health and culture tourism. The improving numbers of summer camps and student exchange programmes between Turkish and foreign schools is impressively boosting youth tourism.”
There is a massive increase in the number of people from European, Asian and Middle Eastern countries, who travelled to Turkey for medical treatment and care, she added.
“They want to avail of the opportunities to benefit from Turkey’s top-class but affordable health facilities and spas,” she said.