Published on : Monday, April 3, 2017
Speaking at a press conference on the first day of the exhibition, Deputy Minister Hüseyin Yayman told the audience that the total target for foreign visitors in 2017 would be 25 million, with Russia expected to return to its previous position by providing a fifth of this total. “We are always happy to welcome Russian guests to Anatolia, including in the tourism sector,” Mr Yayman said.
The Deputy Minister announced the signing of several agreements on tourism between Turkey and Russia, which will play an important role in bringing numbers back to their previous levels. One such agreement involves financial support for Russian companies organising charter flights to Turkey. “For each aircraft bringing 100 passengers to Turkey, the subsidy will be $6,000. If a plane holds 150 of more passengers, this will rise to $7,850,” he said.
Another scheme involves providing support and assistance. “An agreement has been signed to create ‘hotlines’ for Russia-Turkey tourism. We are proud of our partnership with Russia and we invite Russian tourists to visit Anatolia.”
Mr Yayman also emphasises the range of tourism products Turkey can offer – not just the beach holidays the country is famous for. “Turkey is not just sun and sea – we have wide possibilities for cultural, activity, health and religious tourism. We are trying to introduce our tourists to new ways to holiday in Turkey besides the routes and destinations they are already familiar with,” he said.
Turkey backed this up with a strong presence at MITT 2017 – the country’s stand took up an entire pavilion, with resorts, hotels and tour firms from all the favourite Turkish destinations taking part in the show.