Marty Markowitz who is New York tourism leader attended the World Tourism Forum on April 30 in Istanbul to discuss necessary means to enhance international tourism.

Marty Markowitz, the head of New York City’s Tourism Office has traveled to Turkey to attend the World Tourism Forum, which has gathered world opinion leaders in Istanbul to determine new trends and coordinate meetings with industry agencies.

Regarding Turkey’s tourism potential, Markowitz said the country was doing a good job in international tourism and already possesses hotspot destinations that appeal to tourists. Ancient historical sites along with natural charms draw huge numbers, Markowitz said, and noted that the number of tourists visiting Turkey is increasing. Last year Turkey received more than 40 million tourists, a record for the country, and he indicated that the number could increase depending on enhanced infrastructure, accommodation facilities and transportation. “Turkey is one of the strongest markets in the world for tourism. And it continues to go up,” Markowitz said.

According to tourism statistics for the first quarter of 2015 in a report by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK), tourism income increased 1.3 percent reaching nearly $4.86 billion in the first quarter. While 78.8 percent of this income was obtained from foreign visitors, 21.2 percent was obtained from Turkish citizens living abroad.


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