China placed Turkey among European countries as a tourism destination in 2010 although Turkey was placed in Middle Eastern and African catalogues in the past.
In an exclusive interview with the AA, Culture Attache at the Turkish Embassy in Beijing, Ilknur Yigit, said that Turkey allocated the greatest amount of funds for tourism promotion for China among all other Asia Pacific countries.
This great amount of funds shows the importance Turkey attaches to China. We will soon open a tourism office in Shanghai, Yigit said.
In 2010, we began marketing Turkey in European and Mediterranean destinations.
We are developing Turkey-Greece package as an Aegean product in tourism. Further, we are working on promoting Morocco-Turkey-Tunisia as a Mediterranean package in tourism, Yigit said.
Thanks to Turkish Airlines' flights to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, Turkey will be placed in various other packages, Yigit underlined.
We have been promoting Turkish tourism in China for the past decade. As of now, we want to participate in fairs on congresses, golf and honeymoon, Yigit said.
Turkey successfully hosts many important organizations, forums and sports events.
In August, 2010, Turkey will host the "2010 World Basketball Championship". Turkey and China are playing in the same group. We will erect large TV screens in most populated centers of China so that the Turkey-China basketball game is watched by thousands of people and Turkey gets promoted, Yigit said.
In 2009, 69,336 Chinese tourists visited Turkey. We want to increase the number of Chinese tourists visiting Turkey, Yigit also said.
The year 2012 will be celebrated in Turkey as "the Year of China".
The year 2013 will be celebrated in China as "the Year of Turkey".
AAGüncelleme Tarihi: 29 Temmuz 2010, 11:22