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Thursday, 10 January, 2019, 16 : 10 PM [IST]

The arrival of Indian tourists in Turkey is likely to increase in 2019

The Turkish Tourism Board in India recently announced that the number of Indian tourists travelling to Turkey could reach nearly 250,000 in 2019. The tourism board estimates that more than 160,000 Indian tourists travelled to Turkey till December 2018. They have also claimed that, with inauguration of the new Istanbul airport,the number of tourists is expected to increase further.

Deniz Ersöz, Culture & Tourism Counsellor, Turkish Culture and Tourism Office in India said, “By the end of 2018, Turkey hosted more than 40 million tourists and as a result Turkey ranks 6th in terms of the international tourist arrivals in the world. Istanbul and Antalya are amongst the top 5 cities in Europe in terms of internatonal tourist arrivals by hosting more than 12 million tourist in one year.  The numbers for India are positive too, however we know that it could be much better. In 2019, Turkey Tourism will focus on highlighting the uniquness of Turkey in India with special attention on cultural heritage sites like Gobeklitepe, Ayasofya and Topkapi.”

“As the Tourism Counsellor, I know that Turkish people have keen interest to visit & explore India. However, lack of sufficient direct flights between both the countries and difficulty in procuring Indian visa for Turkish citizens hinders the arrival of Turkish tourists to India. With mutual efforts, we can overcome these problems and increase the mutual touristic flow between our countries. I also believe that the tourism authorities of both countries need to work in association with each other, so that both India & Turkey can achieve the target numbers.” added Deniz.

About 10 million Turkish people travel abroad every year and are looking for new destinations. India has always been perceived as a mysterious country by Turkish people for cultural diversity, yoga and religion. The tourism exchange between both the countries has gone upward and Turkey is emerging as a hotspot for MICE, weddings and leisure tourism. India is one of the most crucial and promising tourism markets for Turkey.
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