The Turkish Ambassador to Belgrade has stated that arrivals to Turkey from the Balkan country have increased by 85% when compared to previous years and that Turkey is becoming one of the most sought-after holiday destinations for Serbian nationals travelling abroad.
Hami Aksoy was speaking at an event in Belgrade and said: “We foresee the number of tourists coming from Serbia to Turkey exceeding 300,000 annually. In the medium term, we’re going to reach 500,000 and in the long term, 1 million.”
Flights between Belgrade and Antalya
Aksoy said that the national flag carrier of Turkey, Turkish Airlines (THY), could play a pivotal role in boosting tourism between Serbia and Turkey by starting direct flights between Belgrade and the Mediterranean city of Antalya. Aksoy said: “Turkish Airlines has close relations with Serbia’s national airline, AirSerbia. Together, we aim to increase bilateral flights.”
Aksoy was in attendance at the Belgrade Tourism Fair, one of the largest tourist events in Southeast Europe including over 50 companies from around the world. Turkey also sent a business delegation from the capital city Ankara to the fair. Other countries at the fair included Greece, Montenegro, Egypt, Romania, Hungary, Malaysia, and Slovakia.
Tourism and Airlines
Muhammet Saritas, the chairperson of the Ankara Chamber of Commerce Committee stated that direct flights between Belgrade and Ankara would help to benefit both countries’ airline and tourism industry. Saritas said that the main goal for Turkey was to attract more visitors to cities close to Ankara, including the famous Cappadocia region known for its hot air balloons and unique landscape.
The Mayor of Marmaris, Mehmet Oktay was also in attendance at the Fair in Belgrade and noted how important the Balkan market was becoming to Turkey. He said: “There are opportunities in Marmaris to meet all manner of needs for tourists coming from Serbia. We welcome tourists from the region to Marmaris.”
Number of Serbian tourists visiting Turkey
According to data released by tourism channels, the number of tourists travelling from Serbia to Turkey between January and October last year has increased by a phenomenal 78% in total with more Serbs than ever choosing to vacation in Turkey.
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