Published on : Monday, December 18, 2017
The chairman of All Cooks and Confectioners Confederation (TAŞPAKO), Gökhan Tufan mentioned that the number of tourists who had arrived in this country to taste the Turkish dishes has risen in the recent years.
Tufan mentioned that the number is slated to rise further with the southeast cities of Turkey, namely Hatay and Gaziantep becoming ‘UNESCO Creative Cities of Gastronomy’.
It is very essential to promote the local cuisine of Turkey internationally, said Tufan.
He also feels that the concept of gastronomy is quite popular across the globe and it keeps luring a large number of food connoisseurs and therefore a great enthusiasm among tourists.
He then went on to state that the culture of food tourism is growing and that the cuisine has been adopted in terms of promoting nations and economies. He recalled that particularly in the last five years there was a notable interest in the number of tourists visiting Turkey for experiencing Turkish cuisine.
He said that the Ministry of Culture and Tourism emphasizes greatly on gastronomy.
Tufan said that food tourism was better and more efficient than the previous year as per the information obtained from associations in tourist regions in particular. He also pointed out that the modern cuisine-related trend is catching on steadily with millennial travellers. In this regard he asserted that the Turkish government has made efforts to make sure that people visiting Turkey can taste its unique dishes.
He further mentioned that the Turkish dishes are more appealing to the Middle East and also the Mediterranean because Turkey has values coinciding with the cuisines of these nations.
He said that people coming from Russia, Europe and the Far East would be able to enjoy their kebab varieties, appetizers, pot dishes, cereals and beans and much more.
The Migration Management Directorate General said on Monday that over 30 million foreign nationals had entered Turkey in the initial 11 months of 2017 as per an official report.