Turkey, Russia sign tourism action planStaff writer ▼ | March 18, 2014
Turkey has signed a new tourism agreement with Russia which will see the two countries run joint projects over the next two years.Turkey has signed a new tourism agreement with Russia which will see the two countries run joint projects over the next two years.
Turkey's Ministry of Culture and Tourism signed a joint action plan with the Russian Federal Agency for Tourism to encourage cooperation between 2014 and 2016.
Meeting on the sidelines of the "Intourmarket 2014 Moscow: International Trade Fair for Travel & Tourism", Undersecretary at the Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry Ozgur Ozaslan and Chairman of the Russian Federal Agency for Tourism (ROSTURIZM) Aleksandr Rodkov announced the deal.
The joint action plan aims to encourage and boost tourist traffic between Turkey and Russia; set up a joint working group; increase travel safety and comfort; and further develop cooperation in international organizations.
As part of the new plan, a forum will be hosted in Turkey later this year to gather investors from both countries.
Ozaslan described it as a "real success story" that Turkey has preserved and even improved its place in Russian tourism market.
The number of Russian tourists travelling to Turkey exceeded four million in 2013, "a 26 percent increase in one year. Likewise, 2013 saw a 28 percent rise when it comes to the number of Turkish tourists, which amounted to more than 385,000.
The fair, in its ninth year, brings together tourist companies and organizations from 148 countries and saw 450 participants this year. Turkey continues to be the most popular holiday destination for Russians with over four million Russians having visited Turkey in 2013, mainly on the Mediterranean coast and the southern province of Antalya. ■