Tribune News Network
QATARI nationals travelling to Turkey in 2016 reached 32,681 tourists, according to new figures released by the Turkish Consulate General Cultural and Information Office in Dubai.
The figures show a 27 percent increase in tourists travelling to Turkey from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries over the 2014-2016 time period.
"This growth shows that Turkey is culturally and economically interesting for GCC travellers," said Salih Ozer, Attach` of Culture and Information, Turkey to the UAE."Over the past year, we have conducted many workshops and seminars for our GCC travel agents to get them better acquainted with what Turkey has to offer to the GCC traveller."
Turkey has strengthened its position as a top holiday destination for GCC nationals and residents. From January to December 2016, a total of 822,849 holiday-makers from the GCC visited Turkey's many destinations.
"We attach a great deal of importance to these deepening relations between Turkey and the Gulf countries. Qatar, in particular, continues to contribute heavily to Turkey's tourist numbers,"Ozer said, adding,"We have taken many steps to simplify GCC tourists' access to Turkey including expediting visa process."
Turkey is one of the top tourism destinations in the world based on the number of tourists and revenues. Whether its nature and the outdoors, history and archeology or beaches and relaxation, travellers from everywhere in the GCC can find their unique experience in Turkey.