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Travel Turkey Izmir Gave Hope To Tourism

10th Travel Turkey Izmir - Tourism Fair and Congress hosted by the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, partnered by IZFAS (Fair Services Cultural and Art Works Trade, Inc. of Izmir) and TURSAB (Association of Turkish Travel Agencies) and organized under the auspices of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, brought the Turkish and the world’s tourism industry together. The representatives of the industry renewed their trust in the fair, held at the Turkey’s largest and the most modern exposition center between the dates of December 8 – 11, 2016, while determining the roadmaps of their trade and business relations. 
The fair had an attendance of a total of 1,008 participants from 31 different countries last year and a total of 1,179 participants from 36 countries and 60 provinces this year. There were representatives from USA, Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bulgaria, Algeria, Ethiopia, Palestine, South Africa, South Korea, Georgia, India, Iraq, United Kingdom, Spain, Israel, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Macedonia, Namibia, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Jordan, Greece and Zimbabwe among the participants.
38, 587 People Met at fuarizmir
The fair visited by 33,688 people from 69 provinces and 63 countries last year, was visited by a total of 38,587 people from 81 provinces and 77 countries this year. The list of the visitor countries are as following: Albania, Algeria, Antilles, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Chad, China, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Holland, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kirghizstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mali, Moldova, Montserrat, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Poland, Qatar, Republic of Benin, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, Southern Cyprus, Sudan, Syria, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.
Travel agencies, tour operators, business and congress tourism, ministries, consulates, hotels, holiday villages, yachts and cruises tourism / marinas, international tourism authorities and stock markets, cafes and restaurants, active and adventure tourism, municipalities, banking and insurance companies, culture tourism, governorships, provincial directorates of culture and tourism, diving schools, sports tourism, development agencies, airlines, tourism technology, tourism unions and associations, cafes, bars, hotel equipment companies, tourism transportation, tourism media, education/training tourism, data and information technologies, medical establishments and health care facilities exhibited in the fair to which exhibition of Aqaba as the International Destination Partner gave a novel touch.
Special Health Section Made a Strong Impression
Private, foundation and university hospitals, heath tourism travel agencies, eye hospitals, dental health and aesthetic centers, hair transplant clinics and centers, IVF hospitals and centers, thermal hotels and facilities, insurance companies, assistance firms and companies operating within the weight loss and diet clinics found an opportunity to introduce themselves at the ‘’Special Health Section’’ established for the first time in order to support the health sector. Nearly 100 health sector representatives, particularly from Turkey and from Germany, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, United Arab Emirates, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Morocco, France, Ghana, Guinea, Republic of South Sudan, India, Holland, Iraq, England, Iran, Cameroon, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kirghizstan, Kuwait, Nigeria, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, Oman and Greece got new contacts and attended certified trainings. Foreign health sector representatives stated that health opportunities in Turkey are highly developed and their relationships within the field of health tourism will continue.
Early Reservation Gave Its Start at the Fair
2017 Launch of ’Early Reservation Campaign’’ organized by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism on the first day of the fair was a full hope for tourism professionals. They expressed that the fair is getting bigger and improves each year and they expanded their customer portfolio with the highly productive show and got in touch with their already existing customers. The participants stated that even though the existing social events have a negative effect on tourism, they still preserve their hopes.
Great Interest to Partners
International Destination Partner Aqaba was very pleased with the received attention. Aqaba Director of Jordan Ministry of Tourism, Feras M. Ajlouini stated that they have attended fairs at different countries in the World but visited Turkey for the first time and added that ‘’Aqaba is a free zone in the middle of Israel, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt.  For this reason, any tourist coming to Aqaba is able to easily enter these four countries within an hour. The climate conditions, natural and historical beauties are also great reasons to make vacation plans.’’, Ajlouni made a call for people to invest in Aqaba, described as the gateway to the Red Sea, not just to sightsee, she also stated that ‘’The warm welcome by the people of Izmir made us very happy. We are proud to be among the fair partners. We are waiting for you in Aqaba.’’.
Mersin Culture and Tourism Director Bahaettin Kabahasanoğlu expressed his satisfaction of being a partner city of the fair and stated, ‘’We tried to create a fair concept with Mersin. Our caretta caretta made from citrus received great attention. We had an opportunity to introduce and present ourselves to the visitor with our folk dances, exhibitions, music and dance shows. We want to take our share from the tourism cake with our historical, cultural and natural beauties. We are the only city in the world that has three holy places where the Christians can make pilgrimage (haji).  We participate in world tourism fairs such as Moscow, Berlin, London, New York and Miami. Our goal is to attract more high-income tourists to our country. I hope all terror incidents in the world end as soon as possible and we take our place within the world tourism with the completed transportation investments and promotional works.’’.
Participants and visitors evaluating the fuarizmir emphasized that security and safety were meticulously provided and the brand value of Izmir was increased due to the organization layout, cleanliness and large parking advantages.
Life Line Support to the Sector
International Gastronomy Tourism Congress held concurrently with the 10th Travel Turkey Izmir Tourism Fair and Congress, organized between the dates of December 8 – 12, 2016 brought the sector’s professionals together for the second time in Izmir. The Congress was organized with the contributions of Reseau Delice Network of the Gourmet Cities of the World and Izmir Cooks’ Association, and the cooperation of IZFAS, TURSAB and Izmir University of Economics and hosted by the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality.  Aside from the conferences and panels in which specialized academicians and famous gastronomic authors from Turkey and around the world participated, taste shows also took great attention. Delicious snacks and appetizers prepared by famous chefs Rudolf Van Nunen, Semen Öner and Tolga Kamiloğlu were followed intensely by the participants. Academicians highlighted, at the congress, the great benefit of associating Turkish tourism with gastronomy and expressed their opinion about promoting the Turkish culinary culture all around the world.
Gastronomy writers and experts such as Mehmet Yaşin, Sahrap Soysal, Prof. Dr. Artun Ünsal, Sırma Güven, Namik Kemal Döneleken, Pedro Berruecos, Hande Arslanalp, Ömer Kartin, Ferzan Kırhan, Can Örtabas, Ebru Koralı, Nedim Atilla, Prof. Alp Salman, Ahmet Güzelyağdöken, Salim Kadıbeşegil, Gökçen Adar, Agnes Caso, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Levent Köstem, Metin Suerkan, Dag Harman, Ahmet Örs, Ebru Erke ve Nejat Yentürk attended the congresses and the panels.

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