UN to help Turkey get over struggling tourism industry

Published on : Wednesday, July 27, 2016

UNWTO NEW logo_40The UN World Tourism Organization has signed an agreement with Turkey according to which it will help Turkey to get over its failures in the tourism industry due to a number of bombings, terror attacks and the failed coup.

A spokeswoman said that the Madrid-based UNWTO will give especially formulated advice and strategies to the Turkish government to make their tourism industry flourish.
She also added that the agency will help to increase the number of direct flights from the important European markets to Turkey.

Taleb Rifai , the UNWTO’s Jordanian secretary general said after signing the agreement, “Turkey is absolutely important for us.”

He also added, “The people of Turkey were very brave in defending their democracy last week. It is our duty today to consolidate this action by supporting one of the most important economic sectors of Turkey which is tourism. Together we are sending a message to the whole world. Turkey is back in business. Turkey is ready to receive its visitors.”

Important cities in Turkey became almost battlegrounds on 15th of July when a military coup was attempted against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

This military coup worsened things for Turkey’s tourism sector as already terrorist attacks, including one in June that killed 47 people at Istanbul’s main airport had planted fear inside people’s minds.

Avci tried to not give a lot of importance to the recent unrest and said that tourist attacks were not just a problem of Turkey.

He told reporters that the failed coup doesn’t affect tourism in any way.

He said, “Everyday life continues completely normally, all airports are open. Commercial activities continue without any problems. This state of emergency will only affect those implicated in the coup attempt.


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