The new Minister of Culture and Tourism of Turkey, Professor Dr. Numan Kurtulmus, has announced his strategic vision of increasing travel and tourism to the country as an engine for improving relationships between countries and cultures.

With tourism to the destination beginning to recover, a target has been set of 50 million international visitors to Turkey by 2023.

While that goal is expected to generate $50 billion in economic impact, Mr. Kurtulmus added that the most valuable result of increasing tourism is forming the foundations for a stronger global community, through the better sharing of ideas and values between cultures. He commented: “Few countries have as wide a variety of tourism and cultural attractions as Turkey, including – and, perhaps most importantly – it’s figurative and physical position as a bridge between East and West that embraces visitors from across the globe. We see this strength as vital to our vision for bringing communities together, and we will invest heavily in public and private partnerships to ensure we are developing these tourism products to diversify our markets and audiences.”

Tourism to Turkey has seen an increase of 14.05% for the first six months of 2017, and up by 36.53% in June this year compared to June 2016.

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