Turkish PM speaks about the safety of Turkey as a destination

Published on : Friday, February 17, 2017

Istanbul-Antalya-Top-Turkish-Tourism-ListThe Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said yesterday at the opening ceremony of the three-day World Tourism Forum in Istanbul that Turkey is as safe as the U.S. and the European countries. He added, however, that “no country in the world is safe from terror.” To quote the Prime Minister, “There is nowhere that terror does not exist. Fearing terror and being intimidated by terror only serves terror and terrorists. For that reason I am saying proudly and safely: Turkey is just as safe as the U.S. Istanbul is just as safe as Europe. Ankara is as safe as Sarajevo. İzmir is as safe as Baku.”

The Turkish PM also said that some countries are trying to label Turkey as an unsafe destination and spreading unnecessary panic among tourists. Turkey’s tourism sector has suffered a lot of late due to political, diplomatic and security threats over the past year. However, in his speech, the Turkish PM highlighted the growing importance of the sector. He also said that the number of tourists visiting Turkey had tripled since his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) took office in 2002. To quote PM Yıldırım, “The total number of visitors travelling to foreign countries with a touristic purpose in 1980 was around 260 million. Today, this number has risen to 1.2 billion. That means almost one fifth of the world population is travelling to another country for tourism every year. The number of tourists predicted for 2030 by the United Nations World Tourism Organization is close to 2 billion. We have to keep pace with these developments as global countries and take the necessary steps. We must further increase cooperation in the tourism field.”

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