Atmaca said the goal is to create a sustainable tourism industry. “Antalya must welcome 90 tourists a day throughout the year”, He explained. Tourism revenues are expected to increase by 10 per cent after reaching almost $ 30 billion last year, Ayık concluded. Source: Ahval news; TravelAndy News / Cover photo: Engin Akyurt from Pexels Turkey’s largest city Istanbul and the city on the southern coast of Antalya have felt a significant increase in tourist arrivals in 2019, the Daily Sabah reports. Back in 2016, the arrivals of foreign tourists fell by 30 percent compared to the previous year after a series of bombings and a failed military coup, the Ministry of Tourism explains. The state has since tried to recover from “devastating losses in the sector”, as Turkish officials explain. Antalya, Turkey / Photo: Pixabay.com Turkey will conclude 2019 with a 10 per cent increase in tourist arrivals and tourism revenues, the pro-government daily Sabah reported, citing tourism experts. “If this trend continues, Antalya will easily meet the goal we set for this year – to host 16 million tourists”, Ülkay Atmaca, head of the Association of Professional Hotel Managers (POYD), told Anadolu Agency. Revenues from tourism increased by 12,3 percent, to 29,5 billion dollars, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat), while data from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism show that in 2018 there was an increase of 21,84 percent compared to the previous year , or records 39,5 million tourists. Istanbul recorded a record number of tourist arrivals in the last five years from January to May. Namely, it is a number of 5,4 million tourists, which is an increase of 11 percent compared to the same period last year. In 2018, the city was visited by 13,4 million tourists. “According to our projections, there will be an increase of over 10 percent in Turkey. The data so far confirm that. We will break the record in 2019. We expect a total of over 50 million tourists across the country”, Said Osman Ayık, President of the Turkish Hotel Federation (TÜROFED). Foreign tourist arrivals rose 11,3 per cent in the first five months of this year, compared to the previous year, according to the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Nearly 12,8 million foreign tourists visited Turkey from January to May this year, while in 2018 that number was 11,5 million in the same period. The largest percentage of foreign tourists who visited Turkey in the period from January to May this year comes from Russia, the corresponding amounts are 31 percent (1 million), followed by Germans with 1,8 percent (9,5 million) and Bulgarians with 1,2 percent (more than 7,7 thousand), according to data from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. “Last year, Antalya hosted 4,8 million Russian tourists, and we forecast an increase of 5 to 10 percent per year. Our goal is to welcome more than 5 million Russian tourists”, The Hürriyet Daily News report quotes Erkan Yağcı, president of the Mediterranean Association of Tourist Hoteliers. The Mediterranean tourist city of Antalya recorded a 16 percent increase in arrivals compared to last year. According to the report of the Turkish newspaper Hürriyet Daily News, from January to June 18 this year, 6,91 million foreign tourists arrived at the airports of Antalya and Gazipaşa, ie about 86 thousand arrivals were recorded daily. On July 14, a record number of arrivals was recorded – 96.191. During 2018, Antalya hosted 12,4 million foreign tourists, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
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05Dec Rep. Bizon’s disabled veteran bill approved by House Committee Categories: Bizon News The House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee today unanimously approved legislation authored by state Rep. John Bizon, of Battle Creek.Bizon’s measure would allow honorably discharged veterans to have a state park passport fee waived if proof of their 100-percent disabled status is provided to the Secretary of State.“This legislation acts as another way for disabled veterans to access our state’s parks at no cost,” Bizon said. “Veterans who would rather not advertise their disability status with a license plate can provide documentation of their disable status provided by the federal government to get the state park passport sticker.”Current law allows 100-percent disabled veterans to access state parks for free with a disabled veteran (DV) license plate. However, many veterans who have disabilities not visibly apparent may not be comfortable having a DV license plate.“It’s the least we can do for our military heroes who have made many sacrifices,” Bizon said. “I look forward to working with colleagues and giving every disabled veteran the benefit of accessing state parks for free.”House Bill 4380 moves to the full House for consideration.