2.5 times more In­dian tourists ex­pected in 2018

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Front Page -

HAV­ING wel­comed 80,000 Indians last year, Turkey eyes a two-and-a-half-fold in­crease in the num­ber of tourists, aim­ing to have the num­ber reach 200,000 next year, Turk­ish In­dian Tourism Coun­cil (TITC) Pres­i­dent Emin Çak­mak said.

WITH aims of de­vel­op­ing mar­ket di­ver­sity in the tourism in­dus­try, Turkey is fo­cus­ing on In­dia, a coun­try that sends 22 mil­lion tourists abroad an­nu­ally. The con­gress of the Travel Agents Fed­er­a­tion of In­dia (TAFI), which car­ries 80 per­cent of In­dian tourists, is be­ing held in Turkey from Oct. 27-31 with the sup­port of Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­doğan.

A to­tal of 650 In­dian agents, each car­ry­ing at least 10,000 tourists abroad, gath­ered at the Hil­ton Dala­man Sarigerme where the con­gress is be­ing held.

The fact that 18 mil­lion In­dian tourists, who go abroad every year, travel with TAFI mem­ber agents in­creased the at­ten­tion given to the gath­er­ing.

Cul­ture and Tourism Min­is­ter Nu­man Kur­tul­muş at­tended the meet­ing that was or­ga­nized by the Turk­ish In­dian Tourism Coun­cil (TITC) and the Dala­man, Or­taca and Köyceğiz As­so­ci­a­tion of Touris­tic Hote­liers and Tourism Op­er­a­tors (DOKTOB). Kur­tul­muş said that open­ing up to new mar­kets is con­sid­ered as a strate­gic vi­sion in Turkey, stress­ing that In­dia es­pe­cially is a po­ten­tial coun­try with a mid­dle-class pop­u­la­tion of 350 mil­lion.

He added that the Turkey-In­dia Joint Work­ing Group will con­vene in Turkey next year and steps will be taken to fur­ther de­velop re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries.

Mean­while, TAFI Pres­i­dent Praveen Chuch said, “Our goal in com­ing here is to in­crease the num­ber of tourists com­ing from In­dia to Turkey.”

On the other hand, TITC Pres­i­dent Emin Çak­mak re­called that 80,000 Indians came to Turkey last year, not­ing, “We will close this year with sim­i­lar fig­ures.”

Çak­mak added that in 2018 they aim to bring in 200,000 In­dian tourists, in­creas­ing the num­ber nearly two-and-ahalf-fold.

“In 2023, we plan to in­crease this num­ber to 2 mil­lion,” he as­serted.

DOKTOB Vice-Pres­i­dent and Hil­ton Dala­man Sarigerme Re­sort & SPA Gen­eral Man­ager Tunç Ba­tum also chimed in, say­ing, “We think that the char­ter is­sue will be re­solved in the near fu­ture. We want slots to be given to air­craft fly­ing to Turkey and our aim is to ar­range di­rect flights.”

In­dian tourists travel to Turkey for a wide range of pur­poses rang­ing from wed­dings to film tourism and from cul- ture to na­ture. They travel the most dur­ing the March-April and Oc­to­ber-Novem­ber pe­ri­ods, also known as the “dead sea­son.”

In­dian tourists spend an av­er­age of 1,500 to 2,000 eu­ros per per­son dur­ing their stays in Turkey.

Speak­ing to jour­nal­ists in Muğla re­gard­ing the tourism rep­re­sen­ta­tives’ re­quest for sup­port in char­ter flights, Min­is­ter Kur­tul­muş said they have reached the fi­nal stage of the project on tourism in­cen­tive pack­age.

“With this pack­age, we plan to pro­vide char­ter sup­port to tourists from dif­fer­ent re­gions. We will also sup­port agen­cies that bring tourists dur­ing the slow sea­sons, to spread tourism across 12 months. We will sub­mit this project to the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters,” he con­cluded.

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