Russia, Turkey hold joint tourism festival to boost numbers

Published on : Wednesday, June 19, 2019

On June 17, Russia and Turkey agreed to expand their cooperation in tourism and strengthen cultural ties at the opening of a joint festival in St. Petersburg.


Addressing a news conference in St. Petersburg, Turkey’s Vice Consul General Taner Arıcan noted that Russia sends the most tourists to Turkey every year.


Last year, six million Russian tourists visited Turkey, with 20 per cent from St. Petersburg, Arıcan said, opening the international festival “Saint Petersburg-Turkey”.


“Turks like and know St Petersburg as an extremely beautiful city with its centuries-old history. We respect its culture and traditions. Thanks to such events as this festival, we hope to develop our cooperation and get to know each other more closely,” he said.


Arıcan said the “Saint Petersburg – Turkey” festival included a photo contest on “Petersburg through the eyes of the Turks. Istanbul through the eyes of the Russians,” as well as a photo exhibition, a performance of Turkish shadow theatre “Karagöz”, and a cross-exhibition of Russian and Turkish artists in St. Petersburg and Istanbul.


Also, in the framework of the festival, an information desk on St. Petersburg was opened in Ankara.


Director General of Ambassador Hotel — a sponsor of the festival —
stressed that “St. Petersburg – Turkey” would not be a one-time event, but a
serious long-term cultural project.


The festival will continue till the end of 2019.


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