Tourism: Turkey looks for chance at BIT, 'safe country'

Deputy minister Yayman, tension with Moscow to be solved

12 February, 17:03

    (by Cristiana Missori) (ANSAmed) - MILAN, FEBRUARY 12 - ''Tension with Russia will get solved with time. Our relations date back to centuries ago.

    Those who talk about Asia cannot abstain from talking about Turkey and Russia, who have always been the great protagonists of the area''. These were the words pronounced at the Milan international travel fair BIT by the Turkish deputy minister of culture and tourism, Huseyin Yayman.

    Talking about a crisis with the Kremlin means recalling that arrivals from the country have dropped from the 4 million presences registered before a Russian warplane was downed by Turkish F-16 jets, Yayman told ANSA. President Putin's unconditional support for Assad also weighs on relations between Ankara and Moscow. ''On the Syrian issue - said the Turkish deputy minister - history will say Turkey is right and supports the Syrian people''.

    The country is present at the event in Rho with a stand over 250 square meters, among the largest together with Iran. After the last terror attack in front of the mosque of Sultan Ahmet, fear is back. Istanbul, said Yayman, ''is as safe as Rome''. All of Turkey, he insisted, ''is a safe country'', confirming that security measures were raised across tourist sites and airports.

    After the attack in the city overlooking the Bosphorus - the favored destination of Italians - the Turkish government is reassuring Italian tourists in order to gain ground. If overall in 2015 tourists in Turkey reached 36 millions, down 1.6%, data on Italy saw a 27% drop in arrivals. For this reason, he said, ''we want to reassure this market''.

    The promotion focuses on Cappadocia, Pamukkale, geological areas on the Aegean coast, Christian itineraries and, this year Analya which will host the Expo 2016 on the environment, global warming, the preservation of biodiversity, sustainability and environmental safety.

    And the Turkish government on the front of air connections to support Italian tour operators, is planning to invest 6,000 dollars for each charter coming from Italy. (ANSAmed).

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