Turkish tourism investors have plans to make a total investment of 24 billion USD in Turkish tourism industry by 2023, the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the country.
"Our target is to host 71 million tourists in 2023 and earn an income of 85 billion USD from tourism in the 100th anniversary of Turkey," said Turgut Gur, head of Tourism Investors' Association of Turkey.
"We are working on plans for new investments and new investment areas," Gur said, adding that Turkish investors would concentrate on efforts to diversify forms of tourism. He said culture and religious tourism should be improved in Turkey.
Most recent data on the number of tourists visiting Turkey says 8 million people visited Turkey in January-May period in 2010.
According to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism data, the number of foreigners visiting the country rose by 10.14 percent year-on-year in this period. Turkey expects 10-12 percent rise in tourist number this year.
World Trade Organization estimates a growth rate for global tourism somewhere between 3 and 4 percent in 2010.
Despite the recent global economic downturn, Turkey has been the only country to see increasing tourist numbers among top ten tourist destinations in 2009.
Nearly 27 million tourists visited Turkey last year, a 2.5 percent rise when compared with 2008, although global tourism contracted 4 percent and European tourism plunged 6 percent. Turkey earned 21 billion USD from tourism in 2009.
AAGüncelleme Tarihi: 24 Temmuz 2010, 13:30