Published on : Sunday, September 3, 2017
To increase the number of international visitors, Turkey will soon open to Asian markets, as confirmed by Numan Kurtulmuş, the Culture and Tourism Minister to Hürriyet, giving signs to new promotion campaigns.
“Despite the big propaganda carried out against Turkey, some 6 million people visited Istanbul in the first six months of 2017,” said Kurtulmuş, adding that around 540,000 of these visitors were German citizens.
He observed that the goal for official tourism 2023, the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Republic of Turkey, is to attract 50 million visitors and $50 billion in tourism revenue annually.
“To achieve these goals, we will diversify in both markets and products. We particularly have to focus on new markets in the Far East such as China, Japan, India and South Korea,” Kurtulmuş added.
“Hopefully, Turkey will achieve these goals thanks to diversification. Of course, we will have special promotion campaigns in these countries,” he said.
Kurtulmuş opined while commenting on Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu’s remarks on tourist safety in Turkey, the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader, that they were “very unfortunate” and “unfair.”
“All cities in the world face the threat of terrorism. But everyone should know that all of Turkey’s touristic destinations, including Antalya, Istanbul and İzmir, are at least as safe as Paris, Brussels and Berlin,” he said.
“The tension is a consequence of a wave inside Europe’s domestic politics. There is a very powerful anti-foreigner, anti-immigrant and anti-Islam wave. The anti-Turkey attitude has taken the form of a fixed state. This might win politicians some favor but it is a very risky situation for Europe. This tension will not last,” Kurtulmuş said.