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Published on : Friday, August 4, 2017
With political ties being revived, the increasing economic exchange between Turkey and China is being reflected in the tourism sector too. Turkey is expecting to host a record number of tourists from China within the scope of the 2018 Turkey Tourism Year in the country, as said by the Culture and Tourism Ministry Assistant General Manager of Promotions Ahmet Temurci.
Temurci elaborated on the tourism volume between Turkey and China, as well as the preparations for 2018 Turkey Tourism Year in China. He said that they held meetings with officials from the Chinese Tourism Administration, and stressed that they were welcomed by the Beijing authorities with great enthusiasm.
Temurci pointed out that China is the world’s largest global tourism market and the leading country in the world, with the highest number of tourists and having the biggest tourism spending. Highlighting the rapid development of Turkish-Chinese relations in recent years, Temurci said that the relations between these two ancient Asian civilizations in the east need to be further developed.
Number of Chinese tourists to Turkey had dropped to 167,000 last year due to security concerns arising from regional reasons. However, over 80,000 Chinese tourists were welcomed during the first five months of this year and that this figure is expected to increase in the second half of the year.
Temurci said, “We expect to achieve record numbers in this area next year by reaching at least half a million Chinese tourists in Turkey.”
Emphasizing that Chinese tourists are particularly interested in Istanbul, Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Safranbolu, Konya and Black Sea destinations, he suggested that there is no obstacle to getting a bigger share from the giant Chinese tourism market.