Turkey is planning to double the number of foreign visitors and attract 70 million tourists by the year of 2023 with a $70 billion-worth profit, Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Ersoy has said.
“Our target for the year of 2023 is to host 70 million tourists and to earn $70 billion. This is our target, and we are working systemically to reach it,” Ersoy said in a visit to daily Hürriyet.
The number of tourists visiting Turkey in 2018 has already hit near 40 million, the minister said. “We will rank sixth or seventh places in the number of tourists this year, but we are 14th in the list of countries making the most money from tourism. We should increase our revenues from tourism by attracting qualified tourists,” Ersoy stressed.
According to Hurriyet, the minister stated that his immediate target was to let Turkey be among the first five countries in both lists by 2020.