Turkey Culture and Tourism Minister Numan Kurtulmuş “Turkish tourism will see full recovery in 2018”

Turkey and its tourism sector has faced serious challenges in recent years, but 2017 saw a recovery in tourist numbers and 2018 will be much better, Culture and Tourism Minister Numan Kurtulmuş has said.

“With 36 million, 2014 was the year when we had had the highest number of tourists. In 2018 I think we will reach that number,” Kurtulmuş told the Hürriyet Daily News in an exclusive interview.

“With 36 million, 2014 was the year when we had had the highest number of tourists. In 2018 I think we will reach that number. ABTA, one of Britain’s tourism operators, says it has seen a 66 percent increase in early reservations. While increasing our positive image in our traditional markets we will be opening new doors, especially in the Far East with China, India, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia and Malaysia. Our target in 2018 is to return to past levels and even rise above those levels in our traditional markets, reaching out to new markets in the Far East.”

“The number of tourists visiting Turkey fell to 24 million in 2016 but rose to 30.7 million in the last 11 months. By the end of the year this is expected to reach 32 million. So the country’s tourism sector has made a rapid recovery.”