Tur­key eyes 2 lakh Indians

Wit­ness­ing a steady growth in the num­ber of ar­rivals from In­dia, the Turk­ish Cul­ture and Tourism Of­fice aims to touch two lakh vis­i­tors by this year-end with the help of its In­dia rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Linkin Reps.

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With a clear fo­cus on MiCE and wed­ding groups from In­dia apart from the leisure trav­ellers, the Turk­ish Cul­ture po­ten­tial in th­ese two seg­ments. It re­cently fa­cil­i­tated a large in­cen­tive group of 3,000 pax from In­dia booked through Akqua­sun Group. Speak­ing about how the Turk­ish tourism min­istry en­cour­ages large MiCE groups is H Deniz

ERSÖZ, Cul­ture & Tourism Coun­sel­lor, Turk­ish Cul­ture says, “If we have a large group of say 100 plus whether it is MiCE or leisure, we do of­fer fa­cil­i­ties such as free en­trance to his­tor­i­cal mon­u­ments and easy visa process. We also help them or­gan­ise events.” Er­soz, who has been in In­dia only since early 2018, adds that his de­part­ment is ready to col­lab­o­rate with all big tour op­er­a­tors and DMCs in In­dia for MiCE and wed­dings. “We will con­duct pro­mo­tional ac­tiv­i­ties for MiCE in Mum­bai and Delhi soon as well as con­duct spe­cial fa­mil­iari­sa­tion trips only for MiCE and event plan­ners. Tur­key has a lot of scope for MiCE – not Is­tan­bul but other cities as well,” he says, adding, “The ho­tels in Tur­key un­der­stand the re­quire­ments of In­dian wed­dings and can meet their ex­pec­ta­tions. The aware­ness about In­dian cui­sine is also ris­ing and we have In­dian chefs com­ing to Tur­key to train our chefs.” Er­soz re­veals that there are many In­dian wed­dings tak­ing

We will con­duct pro­mo­tional ac­tiv­i­ties for MiCE in Mum­bai & Delhi soon as well as con­duct spe­cial fa­mil­iari­sa­tion trips

place across Tur­key such as Bor­drum and Is­tan­bul. “This year, we have about 13-14 In­dian wed­dings tak­ing place in Tur­key. Next year, we will hope­fully have about 50 wed­dings!” he says. The Turk­ish Cul­ture ap­pointed Linkin Reps as its PR and Me­dia rep­re­sen­ta­tive in In­dia. Ac­cord­ing to the lat­est sta­tis­tics shared by Er­soz, the sta­tis­tics from Jan­uary to May 2018 has shown a 100 per cent growth. “We aim to touch two lakh vis­i­tors from In­dia by end of 2018. In the next two to three years, hope­fully with the ex­pand­ing of air con­nec­tiv­ity between In­dia and Tur­key, we will be able to reach one mil­lion In­dian tourists by 2020-21,” he says.

H Deniz ERSÖZ

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