President Erdogan Met With Tourism Professionals
Attenders of the meeting held on 2 February 2017 at Presidential Complex with the representatives of the tourism sector on behalf of our Union President A. Zeki Apaliı, Vice President Hayati Korucu, Members of the Board Isa Levent Gurcavdı, Esmeray Akar, Adana President of the Regional Tourist Guides Chamber Isa Akdag, Sanlıurfa President of the Regional Tourist Guides Chamber Müslüm Çoban, Aydın Tourist Guides Chamber Board Members Mert Taner, Mehmet Tunali, Antalya Chamber of Tourist Guides Board Members Nevin Sen, Mustafa Onal, Sanlıurfa Regional Tourist Guide Chamber Board Member Abdulbaki Karakecili.
In his speech at the ceremony, President Erdogan stated that tourism is a strategic sector for Turkey; because of employment, the contribution it provides to narrow the foreign trade deficit and economic return. Erdogan calling out to expatriate citizens, “We have 5 million citizens abroad, among them 3 and a half million citizens still in contact with our country. Every year the citizens of our country who come to the country absolutely must continue the tradition of visiting friends and relatives. We have another demand from our citizens who bring their neighbour, their wife. I expect them to make special ceremonies like wedding, engagement, circumcision in our country, "he said.
President Erdogan highlighting that, there is a growing consciousness for the preservation of natural and historical beauties. "Therefore, we have many reasons to be hopeful about the future of the industry. The state has very important reasons to support the tourism industry. Unlike other sectors, tourism produces services with our country’s own possibilities, own products, and own assets. This increases the power and value of the contribution of the source that emerges from tourism activities to our country, "he said.
President Erdogan said, "Our people, our land, our genes have a special feature, you cannot easily see it elsewhere. Our country, from Ephesus to Cappadocia, from Sumela to Ani, from Hagia Sophia to Topkapi, from Nemrut to Mevlana from Selimiye to Ishak Pasha is the world's largest open air museum. Every city of Turkey has distinctive beauty From Edirne to Kars from Sinop to Antalya and from Diyarbakir to Izmir. My country is appealing to everyone, attractive to everyone, the country of extraordinary wealth no matter which nation, which belief and which religion they belong to. We have such a country. East and West, North and South, authentic with modern, past and future, sea and mountain, mosaic with Chinese, reed flute with kemancha, hot spring and skiing and more can only be found one in Turkey. We invite you to live all these beauties in our country’’ he expressed.