2008 News Archive - Holidays - Turkey looks forward to holiday season

01 03 2007

Turkey proved to be a hit at New York's Travel Show with tremendous interest in the country being shown.

The event is organised by the New York Times every February and this year the Turkish Tourism Attache Office ran a booth on behalf of Turkey for the first time.

Hasan Zongur, Turkey's cultural and tourism envoy in New York, said: "We hope the number of American tourists will increase significantly over last year."

Mr Zongur predicted a 45 per cent rise in the number of Americans visiting Turkey in 2007 compared to the previous year. The sudden surge in Turkey's popularity may be due in part to a glowing recent review by renowned New York Times travel writer Rick Steves.

The drive to improve Turkey's tourism industry was also on view at the Belek Tourism Investors Association seminar where it was announced that the Culture and Tourism Ministry's advertising budget for the year would be $120 million. Commercials were broadcast internationally for the first time last month.

Turkey's diverse culture gives the country a unique blend of elements of the Oguz Turkic, Ottoman, western and Islamic cultures and traditions.

Popular activities for visitors include yachting, swimming, water-skiing, surfing, scuba diving and, of course, shopping and fine dining.

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