Turkiye expects surge in Saudi tourists this year

 Thursday, June 8, 2023 


According to Ankara’s envoy to Riyadh, Turkiye expects a spike in Saudi visitors as a result of high-level diplomatic visits between the two nations.

According to Fatih Ulusoy, Turkiye expects more than 1 million Saudi visitors this year as a result of the diplomatic actions Ankara took last year as part of the normalisation of ties with Saudi Arabia.

He added: “We are focusing very much on tourism. Last year after the high-level visits between Turkiye and Saudi Arabia, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited the Kingdom in April and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited Ankara in June, we had around 500,000 Saudi tourists visiting Turkiye in the second half, until the end of the year.

“And this year, our target for Saudi tourists visiting Turkiye is at least 1 million. We are hoping to see Turkiye become the number one destination for Saudi tourists.”

On Sunday, the Turkish Embassy in Riyadh observed World Breakfast Day.

“We are promoting Turkish delicacies and the Turkish breakfast. At the same time, we are focusing on tourism,” Ulusoy told Arab News.

“Turkiye is the home of our Saudi brothers and sisters. We are looking forward to enhancing tourism, trade and economic ties, and we have a lot of delegations coming in and out,” he added.

“A number of Saudi delegations are visiting Turkiye. We are very happy to boost our relations. Hopefully we will reach our targets together with Saudi brothers.”

The ambassador said: “On June 3 after the recent elections, President Erdogan started office in a big ceremony, which was attended by leaders from all around the world. We had high-level dignitaries attending it.”

Ulusoy mentioned that Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan was in Ankara for the occasion.
“We are very happy to see this participation,” the ambassador said, adding: “We look forward to reaching new heights in our relations with Saudi Arabia.”

Saudi visitors are visiting a range of destinations around Turkey, with Istanbul being the most popular, according to Ulusoy.

Turkiye’s Black Sea area is also popular with Saudi visitors, because to its moderate temperature and lush woods. Beach resorts along the Mediterranean Sea in the south are also popular with Saudis.

According to Ulusoy, Bursa, which is near to Istanbul and steeped in history, provides Saudi guests with access to a variety of thermal spas.

The six hot spring spas on the city’s west side and in the town of Cekirge are well-known across the region for their health advantages.

“This year we are also promoting Cappadocia, a region in central Turkiye. This is a very high attraction destination for tourists from around the world. It has a very unique nature. We have boutique hotels inside the caves,” said Ulusoy.

“We hope to see our Saudi brothers and sisters in the Cappadocia region as well. We hope to see our Saudi brothers and sisters in all these destinations.”

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