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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
Turkey’s tourist industry is set for a rebound in 2017 following difficult times in 2016, according to the general manager of SunExpress, a joint venture of Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines.
ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
Turkey expects to welcome over 226 million air passengers annually by 2019, up 30 percent from last year, according to official revised figures released on Feb. 20.
BERLIN - Reuters
European travel and tourism company TUI said it aims to start offering holidays to customers from countries such as China, India, Spain and Italy as it seeks new ways to keep its hotels full.
Turkey’s Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication Minister Ahmet Arslan has announced that a new train line between Istanbul and Bulgaria’s capital Sofia will start its journeys on Feb. 20, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.
More than 2.6 million Turks have made early bookings for their 2017 holidays in the country in just three months, a leading tourism representative said, adding that the figure was expected to surpass 5 million in the upcoming months.
ISTANBUL- Anadolu Agency
Turkey and the Philippines have signed an agreement to increase cooperation in culture and tourism.
Turkish Cyprus aims to increase its share of the world tourism pie by promoting its natural beauty, sun, sea and sand, according to the country’s Tourism Minister Fikri Ataoğlu. ‘It is an extremely secure island. In fact, studies show that Northern Cyprus is even more secure than Southern Cyprus,’ says Ataoğlu
Turkey is as safe as the U.S. and European countries, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said on Feb. 16, suggesting that “no country in the world is safe from terror.”
Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Minister Nabi Avcı has requested Israel to downgrade the security warning it issued for Turkey, noting that the country was ready to provide security reports
Turkey has extended the scope of a $6,000 financial backing program for travel agencies carrying tourists to the country in a bid to enliven the sector, Reuters has reported.
Greece’s Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Giorgos Katrougalos has told deputies from the country’s Eastern Aegean Region that the European Commission will not approve of visa validation at island ports, Greek media reported on Feb. 8
Around 7.5 to 8 million foreign tourists are expected to visit the Mediterranean province of Antalya over this year, following a daunting year for Turkey, a leading tourism player has said.
LONDON - Agence France-Presse
British travel group Thomas Cook said on Feb. 9 that demand for holidays in Egypt is picking up again, after unrest in the North African nation had pushed holidaymakers into choosing rival sun spots.