Cruise tourism in Turkey eyeing more U.S. tourists

Published on : Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Cruise tourismSince Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister Nabi Avcı announced that the ministry was working to support cruise tourism, tourism experts have begun eyeing U.S. tourists. For inviting more cruise ships to Turkey, the government will provide financial support of $30 per passenger to travel agencies to increase the number of cruise tourists, which amounted to two million in 2015 and is currently 600,000.

According to the UNWTO, Turkey was the sixth most-visited country in the world by the end of 2015. However, the negative developments that started with the Turkey-Russia crisis and continued into last year caused Turkey to lose significant drive in tourism.

The chairman of the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TÜRSAB), Başaran Ulusoy stated that the Ministry of Culture and Tourism provides incentives for cruise ships and said that they would bring the matter to the Council of Ministers. He said, “This announcement is undoubtedly pleasing for cruise tourism, one of the areas that has experienced the most serious regression since last year.”

The goal that the Turkish ministry has set in this direction is of great significance, underlining the fact that tourists from the U.S. constitute the group that has taken the greatest interest in cruise tourism worldwide. “One of the most important issues for the Turkish tourism sector is to increase tourism revenue,” Ulusoy said.

Ulusoy added that upgrading and modernizing the infrastructure of the existing ports and increasing the port capacities will contribute to the targeted growth in the cruise tourism in the upcoming years.

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