Mr. Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, Minister of Culture and Tourism, attended the Tourism Council meeting of the Bursa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BTSO). Minister Mr. Ersoy stated that main goal of the Ministry was to increase international travel and added: “If we can accelerate the international air traffic, and with the longer-lasting holiday season, our country will show a great tourism potential. Our goal is to enable the maximum number of tourism enterprises to operate again”.
Tourism Council, carrying on business under the umbrella of BTSO, met with Mr. Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, Minister of Culture and Tourism, for the second time. In the video conference meeting, Minister Mr. Ersoy stated that the Ministry carried out important works during the global Covid-19 pandemic. “We keep making intensive efforts in order to increase international travel. We aim to increase international traffic with countries that have been ultimately successful in the containment of the pandemic. We are in the second phase now. We have contacted 60 countries that our country attracts large numbers of tourists from. Through our ambassadors, we also informed relevant countries about the certification program and our hospital infrastructure. We initiated tourism diplomacy with related ministers of these countries," Minister Mr. Ersoy said.
“TURKEY IS THE FASTEST IMPLEMENTING COUNTRY OF CERTIFICATION”
Minister Mr. Ersoy noted that the Ministry focused on certification processes in tourism. He stated, "Turkey is the first country in Europe to initiate the certification program in the tourism sector. We have also initated promotional activities about this program. We would like the maximum number of enterprises to benefit from this certification program. After the Covid-19 pandemic ends, the certification program will be carried out with changes in several criteria. We will stand out with promotion and marketing by upholding the certification program”.
“OUR MAIN GOAL IS TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS”
Minister Mr. Ersoy stated that during the pandemic, the priority was to restart air traffic, and added: “Domestic air traffic has restarted and continues to increase with the normalization process. I believe that the traffic will increase as of the end of June and beginning of July. Meanwhile, if we can accelerate the international air traffic, and with the longer-lasting holiday season, our country will show a great tourism potential. Our goal is to enable the maximum number of tourism enterprises to operate again. This is very important in the sense that it will be the start of the 2021 season. We have also made some changes in the promotional activities. We will continue to provide intensive promotion support to domestic tourism until the end of July”.
"TURKEY WILL PICK UP THE PACE AGAIN IN ITS GROWTH INITIATIVE"
Mr. İbrahim Burkay, President of the Board of Directors of BTSO, stated that Turkey had managed the process of fight against the Covid-19 pandemic successfully. President Mr. Burkay also uttered that the cautious normalization process planned under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had marked a new period for all sectors. “Turkey will pick up the pace again in its growth initiative with its strong production capabilities and tourism potential. Tourism sector has achieved record-level growth thanks to successful efforts carried out under the leadership of Ministry of Culture and Tourism. However, the sector was one of the most affected sectors by the pandemic. At this point, we believe that we can strengthen our success in the management of this crisis by being one of the countries that achieve the most gain in the new period,” President Mr. Burkay said.
"OUR REQUESTS ARE BEING MET"
President Mr. Burkay stated that Bursa had a quite important potential in the field of tourism as well, and added: “As BTSO, we aim to promote the richness of our city, Bursa, and with new investments, become a tourism center that hosts tourists throughout the entire year. We live in a special, paradise-like city with the Historical Bazaar and Khans Area, which is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage List, İznik, which is the center of religious tourism, Uludağ, and Longoz Forest in Karacabey. As BTSO, we stand by tourism sector with all our resources and capabilities during the crisis. In this challenging process, it was among the demands of our Chamber to start reciprocal flights with 40 countries, exempt our travel agencies from TÜRSAB dues for this year, and return the service fees of the canceled tours and reservations to the agencies. I am grateful for all these supports on behalf of our business world. Thanks to the support and proactive approach of our Ministry, we sincerely believe that we will compensate our losses and quickly overcome this adversity”.
“WE AIM TO REPEAT THE SUCCESS STORY OF HEALTH IN TOURISM AS WELL”
Ali Uğur, President of BTSO Assembly, remarked that Turkey could be one of the countries that stand out the most in terms of tourism in the post-pandemic period, and stated: "I strongly believe that we can repeat the success story of health in the area of tourism thanks to the rational strategies that have been applied. Accordingly, the healthy tourism certificate project and tourism diplomacy activities initiated by the Ministry will contribute significantly to the revival of tourism. I would like to thank the Minister for his leadership and extraordinary efforts in the tourism sector during this difficult period”.
“OUR GOAL IS TO INCREASE THE SHARE OF BURSA”
Sibel Cura Ölçüoğlu, President of the BTSO Tourism Council, said they were hopeful that the sector would return to its old days in 2021 after the pandemic lost its impact. Ölçüoğlu stated that as the representatives of the tourism sector, they made it their business to take the steps that would prepare Bursa to the new normal, and added: “Thanks to the works of our council, we have established a strong cooperation network with all our associates in our city, Bursa, which has a great potential in terms of tourism. As the Council, we will continue our efforts to further increase the share of our city in tourism”.
“WE ARE IN COOPERATION WITH THE SECTOR”
Kamil Özer, Director of Bursa Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism, stated that they would cooperate with the sector representatives, especially BTSO Tourism Council, to increase the share of Bursa in tourism. "The biggest strength of our city in the tourism sector is its unity and solidarity. As the Provincial Directorate, we will continue to support our sector,” Director Özer said.
In the video conference meeting, sector representatives also had the opportunity to convey their opinions and suggestions to Minister Mr. Ersoy.