Published on : Friday, March 10, 2017
Representatives from Turkey’s struggling tourism sector have requested travelers from Germany to visit Turkey at ITB Berlin, delivering a message saying, “We have no business with politics. We welcome you all!” ITB Berlin is being held from 8th to 12th March and this message was delivered amid rising tension between Ankara and Berlin over Turkish ministers’ canceled meetings in Germany and jailed German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel.
At the fair, the Mediterranean resort of Antalya was afforded 1,000 square meters of floor space, out of Turkey’s total 3,079 square meters. Münir Karaoğlu, Governor of Antalya, said that in spite of recent plunge in tourist numbers, “nothing has changed” in Antalya in terms of service quality or security conditions. To quote Karaoğlu, “Antalya is still just as you liked it. Nothing has changed. The city is still safe, and has services and human resources with good quality. Keep coming to visit Antalya,” He said that Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, the U.K. and Scandinavian countries are all of great significance for tourism in Antalya.
Tourism players believe that Turkey could see a 30-35% increase in foreign arrivals in 2017 compared to last year, so long as there is no drop in the European market and Ankara’s ties with Moscow continue to normalize.