Turkey to host almost 50 mln tourists in 2019: Minister
LONDON - Anadolu Agency
Speaking at the opening of the Turkish pavilion at the World Tourism Market 2018 in London, Ersoy said the ministry projected a 30 or 35 percent increase in the number of British tourists visiting Turkey in 2018.
This target will be reached if bookings continue with the same pace, the minister added.
Ersoy also said the number of foreign tourists visiting Turkey would pass the 40 million mark in 2018.
“I am expecting a 23 percent increase next year. I hope we will reach the target of 48 million [tourists],” he added.
Speaking to the representatives of tourism sector, Ersoy said they will increase the ministry’s budget to promote Turkish tourism and “the United Kingdom and Germany will be the main promotion points.”
He said Russian speaking countries and Arabic countries will be the next targets for promoting Turkey as a tourism destination.
The World Travel Market is an annual event, which hosts thousands of people and brings tourism professionals from across the globe together.
The fair will last until Nov. 7.