This year, Turkey expects 50 million tourists in alternative tourism areas

Published on : Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Having witnessed 39.5 million foreign visitors in 2018 with increasing impetus in tourism and generating $29.5 billion in revenue, this year Turkey anticipates 50 million tourists in alternative tourism areas like health, congresses, golf and fairs. Turkey aims to increase revenues by expanding in tourism areas, without limiting summer tourism.

 

Turkish Hoteliers Federation (TÜROFED) head Osman Ayık stated that tourism in Turkey is not just about sea, sand and sun, and that they are looking to boost alternative tourism in the best way possible for the country.

 

Ayık said that Turkey is one of the most important centers of congress tourism in the world.

 

Ayık continued: “We expect significant dynamism in congress tourism, especially in 2020. We have major infrastructure and our competitive power is very high. We can recover in a short time.”

 

Ayık further said that Turkey has gained significant momentum in the field of treatment and cosmetic surgery.

 

Association of Mediterranean Tourist Hoteliers and Operators (AKTOB) Chairman Erkan Yağcı said that tourists from around the world come to Turkey for holidays.

 

Yağcı further said that Turkey has to diversify tourism for realizing its goal of attracting 70 million tourists, adding, “We need to develop culture, sports and health tourism models in addition to sea, sand and sun tourism.”

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