Turkey is vying for a place in the top five countries in the world that attract the greatest number of tourist visitors each year after enjoying a steady rise in foreign arrivals over the past decade.

Turkish Tourism Minister Ertugrul Günay announced Turkey’s intention to remain competitive in the global tourism market at the opening ceremony of the 17th East Mediterranean Tourism and Travel Exhibition (EMITT) in Istanbul. Günay commented:  “We compete with the US, China, France, Spain and Italy. Turkish state and private entrepreneurs are here to display their efforts in increasing the country’s competitive power in global tourism markets.”

Turkey is confident that it will be able to not only maintain but increase its appeal as a tourism destination through intense investment and improvements to existing services and infrastructure.

Turkey currently ranks sixth in the global list of tourist destinations with 31.78 million visitors recorded in 2012. This is a 1.04 percent increase over the previous year. Günay praised Turkey’s continued resilience as a tourism destination: “Despite the economic problems in global markets, Turkey managed to increase its number of tourists last year.”

Turkey’s appeal as a global tourism destination is helped by its idyllic beaches and waterfronts in areas such as Altinkum and Akbuk, high levels of sunshine and rich cultural history. The favourable exchange rate also provides British tourists with relatively cheap and high quality services to enjoy whilst on holiday. Buying property in Turkey for an investment is becoming increasingly popular due to these strong tourism levels and potential rental income.

Turkey’s President Osman Ayik explained that Turkey is committed to expanding its tourism offering by including health tourism, sustainable tourism and event tourism in addition to its booming beach tourism industry.

Source: En Haberler

About the author: Neil Hollingsworth

Neil left school in 1987 and joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) as a Survival Equipment Fitter, travelling round the world with tours in Northern Ireland, Falkland Islands, Cyprus and Iraq to name a few. In 2005 the government cut the armed forces and Neil had the opportunity to take voluntary redundancy, on leaving he went to work for a UK estate agent before moving on and setting up Rivermead Global. If you are looking at buying a property in Egypt or Turkey you have come to the right people.