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Published on : Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Turkey is expecting to host a record number of tourists from China within the scope of the 2018 Turkey Tourism Year in the country.
The number of Chinese visitors will be doubled or even tripled next year, if the transportation problem is resolved with increased flight frequencies.
As 2018 is declared as year of Turkish tourism, China has started to obtain the steps toward the goals of the year, as the country plans to resolve the transportation problem – one of the greatest obstacles hindering the potential for bilateral tourism.
For this economical continuity, China has issued a flight permit to the Turkish airline company Onur Air. Onur Air will frequently fly from Changchun with four scheduled flights per week. The airline focuses to serve about 100,000 passengers.
The Turkey’s flagship carrier Turkish Airliners (THY), which is currently offering about 21 regular flights per week, has petitioned a request to increase its frequency.
There is the number of tourists visiting Turkey from China in 2018 and thanks to the transportation; the tourist’s number will increase upto 300,000 and 500,000.
There are at about 167,000 Chinese visitors came to Turkey in 2016, which is expecting to triple in 2018.
There are about 21 percent of the world’s tourism expenditures, which are made by the Chinese, while the number of tourists who are on abroad from this country increased by more than 10 percent every year in the last 12 years.
The Chinese visitors are interested in exploring the culture and the heritage of the destination. The cultural tourism and preferred sightseeing and educational activities rather than sea, sand and sun are most preferred by the Chinese.
The Chinese tourists are also known to shop in Turkey, and also prefer cultural tours.
The most popular destinations in Turkey for Chinese tourists tend to be Istanbul, Cappadocia, the Aegean Sea region and the historical and the archaeological sites of Aspendos and Perga in southern Turkey’s Antalya province.