After recent political instability in Turkey the country is reaching out to Gulf nations to boost visitor numbers in the run up to Eid Al Adha.
The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism is turning to Gulf countries to encourage visitors to the region following the offset of the recent slump in the nation’s tourist numbers.
Tourism is a critical source of Turkey’s GDP, with the sector generating $35.1 billion in revenues in 2015 – but recent events have taken its toll on the sector. The ministry is therefore turning to visitors from the Gulf region for support, in particular visitors from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the UAE, Qatar and Bahrain, which have in the past represented the highest volume of visitors to the nation.
“In spite of recent events, there are no security concerns in tourist destinations in Turkey. These facilities are, and will continue to be, completely safe. Hospitality services remain undisrupted and the comfort of foreign citizens visiting the nation continues to be a priority to us.” Said Salih Ozer, Attaché of Culture and Information from Turkey to the UAE.
In recent years, the influx of tourists from the Gulf region into Turkey has surged; visitors from the region are estimated to contribute as much as 6% of Turkey’s average annual tourism revenue. In fact, an impressive 582,698 Gulf tourists visited Turkey in 2014.
“Generally, the period from June to September marks a peak season for Gulf visitors travelling to Turkey. The summer months are an excellent time for tourist destinations, and the inbound traffic creates numerous jobs. We hope that the upcoming Eid Al Adha holidays will help boost tourist revenue. Especially, since the safety and comfort of tourists is being handled with the utmost care,” addded Ozer.
As per the World Travel and Tourism Council, tourism created 580,000 jobs directly in 2014 in Turkey, which translates to 2.2% of the nation’s total employment.