Turkey-Lebanon discuss plans to develop tourist co-operation

Published on : Thursday, June 22, 2017

TurkeyTurkey has become the first tourist destination for Lebanese over the past years, with almost 300,000 Lebanese tourists visiting Turkey per year, Turkish Ambassador to Lebanon said. Cagatay Erciyes was received by President of the Council of Ministers, Saad Hariri, at the Grand Serail, in the presence of a delegation from the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, in the Turkish city of Adana, the Head of Hotel Owners Association in Lebanon, Pierre Achkar, and Head of the Association of travel and tourism agents, Jean Abboud.

After the meeting, the Turkish ambassador said, the meeting was fruitful and discussed ways to develop tourist cooperation between the two countries.

He said that as ambassador to Lebanon, he noticed that this country has provided many facilities for Turkish tourists, in addition to the landscape, culture and nature of the Lebanese people.

He added that the number of Turkish tourists visiting Lebanon did not exceed 20,000 per year, which is very small because there are eight million Turkish tourists, who spend annually more than six billion dollars.

“Therefore, I think we can raise the number of Turkish tourists to Lebanon to 100,000 annually. We stressed that this plan should be pursued by encouraging cooperation between the travel agencies of the two countries and providing political support and all that is necessary for the success of their work,” the Ambassador said.

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