Baku, Azerbaijan, March 11
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Construction of a cruise port in Istanbul will begin in the middle of this year, Trend reports with reference to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey.
The ministry noted that at the end of April this year, a tender will be announced to select a contractor for the construction of a cruise port.
“The cruise port in Istanbul will be built in the Yenikapi district on the coast of the Sea of Marmara,” the ministry said.
On March 11, Minister of Culture and Tourism of Turkey Mehmet Ersoy said that a new cruise port may be built in Istanbul.
He said that the construction of the new cruise port will lead to tourism growth in Turkey, including in Istanbul.
Ersoy noted that the port’s construction in Istanbul will be completed in 2021. This is while he didn’t mention the date of the start of the construction and the cost of the project.
It was earlier reported that by 2023, Turkey intends to increase the number of foreign tourists to 70 million people.
Turkey has great potential to attract tourist flow into the country, according to the ministry.
It was noted that the conditions created in Turkey for tourists are ideal, and, of course, this will lead to an increase in the number of foreign tourists.
In February 2019, 1.670 million tourists visited Turkey, which is 9.38 percent more compared to the same period in 2018.
In February 2019, Istanbul was visited by over 984,000 oturists, while Antalya was visited by 135,000 tourists.
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