Er­doğan’s visit to boost tourism, econ­omy in Bos­nia-Herze­gov­ina

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Business -

PRES­I­DENT Re­cep Tayyip Er­doğan’s visit to Bos­nia- Herze­gov­ina will boost the Balkan state’s tourism and econ­omy, Bos­nian ho­tel own­ers have said. Er­doğan will be the guest of honor at the 6th Or­di­nary Congress of the Union of Euro­pean Turk­ish Democrats to be held in the Bos­nian cap­i­tal Sara­jevo Sun­day, May 20.

The rul­ing Jus­tice and De­vel­op­ment Party (AK Party) will or­ga­nize a large elec­tion rally in Sara­jevo for its Euro­pean-Turk­ish sup­port­ers. Lo­cal me­dia in Bos­nia-Herze­gov­ina have pre­vi­ously con­firmed that the venue for the event has al­ready been booked.

Around 15,000 guests from across Europe are ex­pected to at­tend the congress, mak­ing a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the coun­try’s tourism sec­tor and the econ­omy.

Lo­cal ho­tel own­ers con­firmed that most of the ho­tels in the cap­i­tal have al­ready been fully booked.

Se­nad Halilovic, a lo­cal ho­tel man­ager, told Anadolu Agency (AA) that they were now fully booked be­cause of the congress. “We have reser­va­tions from sev­eral Euro­pean coun­tries, in­clud­ing Aus­tria, the Nether­lands and Ger­many,” he said.

He added that they have reser­va­tions for 500 guests on May 19 and for 900 on May 20. “Many ho­tels in the city are fully booked thanks to the gen­eral assem­bly,” he said.

“Pres­i­dent Er­doğan’s visit is im­por­tant for the coun­try,” said Halilovic, adding that the event would help pro­mote tourism in Bos­nia-Herze­gov­ina.

Mirha Konak, sales di­rec­tor at Sara­jevo’s Ho­tel Hol­i­day, said 350 peo­ple have made reser­va­tions ahead of the gen­eral assem­bly. “I think the event will boost our tourism sec­tor,” she said.

She added that a large num­ber of peo­ple com­ing from dif­fer­ent Euro­pean coun­tries will play an im­por­tant role in pro­mot­ing Bos­nia-Herze­gov­ina and the Balkans.

The event will make a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the coun­try’s econ­omy, she added. Bos­niak mem­ber of the coun­try’s tri­par­tite pres­i­dency and leader of the Party of Demo­cratic Ac­tion (SDA) Bakir Izetbe­govic ear­lier con­firmed that Er­doğan will ar­rive in Bos­nia-Herze­gov­ina on May 20 and that he will also at­tend the gath­er­ing.

He said Er­doğan’s visit would be ben­e­fi­cial for his coun­try. Izetbe­govic added that his meet­ing with Er­doğan will fo­cus on a high­way project that will link Sara­jevo and Ser­bia’s cap­i­tal Bel­grade.

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