Turkish, Syrian Ministers discuss measures to promote tourism

Turkey-Syria Joint Tourism Commission discussed Thursday ways to further promote travel between the two countries.

Turkish, Syrian Ministers discuss measures to promote tourism

Turkey-Syria Joint Tourism Commission discussed Thursday ways to further promote travel between the two countries.

Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister Ertugrul Gunay and his Syrian counterpart Sadallah Agha al-Qalaa presided the meeting in Damascus, where measures like removal of certain taxes and introduction of more transportation options were discussed.

Culture Minister Ertugrul Gunay said thanks to the visa weaver program with Syria and the cooperation between the two countries in the area of tourism, number of Syrian tourists visiting Turkey rose 80% and reached 800,000 in 2010.

He said visa weaver program could be supplemented with removal of taxes and introduction of new transportation options.

"Air carriers should make cooperation, to offer cheap air travel. We should renovate our border gates," said Gunay. He said works to promote Turkey and Syria as a single destination was underway.

Gunay said south eastern region of Turkey could be promoted together with Syria. He said works to open a new mosaic museum in Gaziantep and museums in Hatay and Sanliurfa were underway to that end.

In his part, Sadallah Agha al-Qalaa said 1.5 million tourists from Turkey visited their country in the first eleven months of 2010. He said this marked a 136% year-on-year rise in the number of tourists from Turkey. He said Turkey and Syria should provide conveniences to travel companies and tourists.

"We are holding this meeting to join forces in tourism," said Al-Qalaa.


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