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Published: 16/05/2012

Culture and Tourism Minister, Ertuğrul Günay has announced that Turkey is expecting to host up to 33 million tourists in 2012. This is despite the fact that there has been a recent reduction in the number of tourists arriving from Syria and Israel.

33 million tourists expected to arrive in Turkey

Culture and Tourism Minister, Ertuğrul Günay has announced that Turkey is expecting to host up to 33 million tourists in 2012. This is despite the fact that there has been a recent reduction in the number of tourists arriving from Syria and Israel.

Mr Günay said that while tourism would be influenced by the economic crisis in Europe and the problems in the Middle East, Turkey was still gearing up to host 21-33 million tourists this year. In 2011, Turkey hosted 31.4 million visitors.

Meanwhile, Turkey’s Council of Ministers has decided to increase the 30-day period allotted for visa-free travel by foreign nationals up to 60 days. The visa-free day allotment, which also includes the stipulation that 90 days not be surpassed out of a total 180, has been released in the Official Gazette.

The historic step to increase the one-month visa-free period between Russia and Turkey to two months was based upon requests from Russian tourists who wanted to extend their stay. Both nations are reportedly “very pleased” with the mutual lifting of visa regulations for visiting tourists and Ankara has now offered the proposal to Moscow to increase the one-month period up to two months.

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