Tourists to the Northern Cyprus

A Tourism school is to set up in Northern Cyprus, a tourism fair will be staged in October, and  a   new committee has been set up to advise the Northern Cyprus Tourism Minister in helping the sector make  “quantum leaps” towards success in a key year for the industry.

The moves were revealed at the end of a workshop staged last week as part of efforts to promote the Year of Northern Cyprus to would –be visitors in Turkey.

The workshop, held at the Mercure Hotel in Kyrenia(Girne), debated issue such as the tourism potential of Northern Cyprus, its tourism targets, changing the perception of Northern Cyprus as a holiday destination in Turkey, and developing a northern Cyprus tourism brand.

Speakers included prominent Turkish Travel Agents’Union (Tursab) members Alper Mackan, Cetin Gurcun and  Mehmet Gucuyener ,  Cyprus Turkish Travel Agents’ Union (Kitsab) deputy chairman Andac  Gunay, treasurer Faiz Camgoz and member Ali Necati Ozkan.

Speaking afterwards, Prime Minister Irsen Kucuk said the TRNC had already started reaping the benefits of the tourism campaign in Turkey, and said similar promotions would be staged to target tourists elsewhere in Europe.

“Our quantum leaps in tourism will  not be limited to Turkey only, but will be spread to other targeted countries such as Germany, Italy and the UK,” he said.

Mr Kucuk said recent upheavals and disasters in other countries had created huge potential for the northern Cyprus tourism industry, and the Turkish Cypriots needed to work closely with Turkey to enable them to tap into” that potential.

He rejected suggestions that the frequent change in tourism minister meant insufficient importance was being attached to the role, and countered that the latest change-Unal Ustel in place of Kemal Durust- had been to ensure close collaboration with the industry by bringing in a minister from the Girne (Kyrenia) area.

He said the minister would now be assisted by the new consultancy committee, whose members comprised Eastern Mediterranean University Tourism Department dean professor Mehmet Altinay investor Reha Arar and young tourism entrepreneurs.


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