ATSO President Budak: The expressions of high-speed train to Antalya do not reflect the truth

ATSO President Budak: The rumors about the high speed train coming to Antalya do not reflect the truth. Antalya Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ATSO) President Çetin Osman Budak made a proposal to build an airport in the Finike-Demre-Kaş region in order to facilitate the transportation of tourists coming to the western districts of Antalya.

A joint board meeting was held by ATSO, Kumluca Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KUTSO) and Kumluca Commodity Exchange (KUTBO). The first joint board meeting was held in KUTSO Kumluca central service building. ATSO President Çetin Osman Budak, KUTSO President Murat Hüdavendigar Günay, KUTBO President Fatih Durdaş, board members and council members attended the meeting. Issues such as tourism, agriculture and transportation that concern Antalya in general were also discussed at the meeting where the problems of the Western Antalya region were discussed.


KUTSO President Murat Hüdavendigar Günay said that they made a very important start for business life in Antalya. Stating that they serve 3 thousand businessmen in Kumluca, Finike, Demre and Kaş, KUTSO President Günay said, “Currently, our studies on the development and dissemination of alternative tourism in the Western Antalya region are continuing. We are carrying out various projects in order to bring the Lycian roads to tourism in the full sense. In addition, we are working on export in order to increase the income obtained from agriculture, which is another important source of income in the region, and to ensure its stability. We are acting jointly with TOBB to solve the problems of our exporters in transportation, customs clearance and marketing ”.


Stating that they had a late meeting, ATSO President Çetin Osman Budak said that many new investments are needed especially in the western districts of Antalya. Antalya shortage of logistics striking Çetin Osman Budak, although he made many new motorways in Turkey but stressed the need to consider whether a highway Antalya. Çetin Osman Budak, who mentioned about the inadequacy of the road between Demre and Finike, said, “The double road construction has not reached other western districts up to Kemer. However, these districts, which export most of their agricultural production, are competing with time in terms of delivering what they produce to the consumer ”.


Emphasizing that the statements about the high speed train coming to Antalya do not reflect the truth, ATSO President Çetin Osman Budak said, “In 2012, we collected 100 thousand signatures and made the necessary applications, but we did not get any results. Even in our most recent meetings with the relevant authorities, it is stated that there is no high-speed train operation for Antalya until 2035 ”.


Antalya name is now a world brand and every year 15 million tourists entertain the record Çetin Osman Budak, said:

“I think Antalya's tourism potential has not been fully utilized. The brand value of Santa Claus, who lived in our Demre district, is 1.6 trillion dollars. Those who come to visit the Church of St. Nicholas become pilgrims. Different brands should be created next to the name of Antalya. If we evaluate properly, we can create new brands with untouched areas such as Olympos, Myra, Kalkan and Yanartaş and alternative tourism resources such as the Lycian Way. "


Çetin Osman Budak, who raised the proposal to build a cruise port in Demre with a new airport in the vicinity of Finike-Demre-Kaş in order to facilitate the transportation of tourists, especially to western districts, pointed out that the airport and cruise port will make a great contribution to the tourism of the region. ATSO President Çetin Osman Budak, who added that Antalya could not get the value added to the country in terms of agricultural production, export and tourism, said that they could produce projects that would produce permanent solutions to the problems of the region's economy by acting in closer cooperation with KUTSO and KUTBO.

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