Since China’s declaration of 2018 as “Turkey Tourism Year,” a great number of Chinese tourists have made their way to Turkey this year.

The figures so far show that this year has been a very successful in terms of the number of Chinese tourists arriving in Turkey, according to Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Ersoy, who said the country saw an increase of 46 percent in the number of Chinese tourists last year, while it expects to close this year with 400,000 tourists, an 80 percent raise.

Ersoy’s remarks came on the sidelines of his visit to China, during which he held official talks, attended a number of events and met his Chinese counterpart Luo Shugang.

Within the scope of the 2018 Turkey Tourism Year in China, Turkey has carried out various advertising activities, introduced Turkish cuisine during a number of events and held various other cultural exhibitions, during which the country saw great interest from Chinese tourists.

Ersoy stressed that this year, celebrated as Turkey Tourism Year in China, has greatly benefited the further development of cultural and trade relations among the two countries. “During our meeting with China’s culture and tourism minister, we discussed what we can do for it to extend it to next year. We want to move some other activities to next year,” he said.