TTI İzmir International Tourism Trade Fair and Congress and TTI Outdoor Camping, Caravan, Boat, Outdoor and Equipment Fair were opened, hosted by İzmir Metropolitan Municipality. Minister Tunç Soyer“We have set a concrete goal for İzmir with all our sector stakeholders: to increase the number of tourists coming to İzmir to four million and spread it over 12 months and 30 districts. We know we are on the right track. We also know that this road will lead to a much higher quality of life.”
Under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, hosted by İzmir Metropolitan Municipality, with the support of TÜRSAB, in partnership with İZFAŞ and TÜRSAB Fair Organization, the 8th TTI İzmir International Tourism Trade Fair and Congress was held on 10-16 December and TTI Outdoor 8nd Camp, Caravan, on 11-2 December. Boat, Outdoor and Equipment Fair opened its doors. İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor will attend the opening of TTI İzmir and TTI Outdoor, which will host more than 16 participants from 210 countries and tourism professionals and visitors from all over the world at the Fair İzmir. Tunç Soyer and his wife Neptün Soyer, Çanakkale Governor İlhami Aktaş, İzmir Justice Commission Chairman Oktay Tabur, Ministry of Foreign Affairs İzmir Representative Ambassador Naciye Gökçen Kaya, Turkish Travel Agencies Association Chairman Firuz Bağlıkaya, Antalya Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Muhittin Insect, Edirne Mayor Recep Gürkan , Çanakkale Mayor Ülgür Gökhan and Hale Gökhan, Elazığ Mayor Şahin Şerifoğulları, Adıyaman Mayor Süleyman Kılınç, World Federation of Travel Agencies Associations (UFTAA) President Sunil Kumar Rumalla, İzmir Chamber of Commerce Chairman Mahmut Özgener, Turkish Tourism Investors Association Board of Directors Chairman of the Board Oya Narin, IMEAK Chamber of Shipping İzmir Branch Chairman Yusuf Öztürk, İZFAŞ General Manager Canan Karaosmanoğlu Buyer, provincial and district mayors, tourism sector professionals, foreign mission representatives attended.
Soyer: “We have prepared a comprehensive tourism strategy”
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor, who likened the tourism industry to riding a bicycle. Tunç SoyerHe said that it is possible to boast about achievements and numbers, but that pedaling should never be given up. Stating that it is not possible to proceed with a tourism approach based only on sea, sun and sand, the President Tunç Soyer“We have prepared a comprehensive tourism strategy in İzmir with the Urban Vision Partnership. We have set a concrete goal for İzmir with all our stakeholders in the sector: to increase the number of tourists visiting İzmir to four million and spread it over 12 months and 30 districts. The digitalization of tourism is our greatest opportunity to achieve this goal. That's why we gathered around three thousand destinations of Izmir in a single mobile application. Visit İzmir, which we have made available free of charge in Turkish, English and many different languages, begins to guide the tourists who want to come to İzmir before they set off on their journey. Another priority for us to further develop our work is direct flights to Izmir. We are working in close partnership with the airline companies that organize flights to Izmir on this subject and we have started the Direct Izmir program in this context. We know we are on the right track. We also know that this road will lead to a much higher quality of life.”
“We beat the pandemic, tourism is returning”
Stating that travel habits have changed after the pandemic, President Soyer said, “While we are planning the steps we will take in the field of tourism on a local scale in Izmir, we understand this change on a global scale and align Izmir with this change. Our Outdoor fair, which we have been organizing together with our TTI fair for two years, is a reflection of this determination. Perhaps it is necessary to openly accept this: A tourism understanding that does not benefit the city economy, tradesmen, and taxi drivers has completed its life around the world. We have to spread a new tourism to all capillaries of our country, where Turkey does not become a cheap destination, and which is fed by the power and abundance of the local. As we enter the second century of our Republic, the excitement we experience on this issue is increasing every moment. We beat the pandemic, tourism is back. I hope our return will be wonderful.”
“Whatever Izmir does, it does it well”
Muhittin Insect, the guest of honor, Mayor of Antalya Metropolitan Municipality, said that tourism is one of the most important industries of our time due to the economic and social benefits it creates and said, "I am happy and excited to be a participant of TTI Izmir, where we will share our experiences." Last year's guest of honor, Edirne Mayor Recep Gürkan said, “If you walk with the right people, on the right path, with the right projects, you will achieve success. Whatever Izmir does, it does well, whatever the people of Izmir do, they do it right. We are at an extraordinarily beautiful fair. I congratulate all the stakeholders who made İzmir a fair city”.
“İzmir is the coach of Turkish tourism”
Firuz Bağlıkaya, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies, said that İzmir is the coach of Turkish tourism and said, “İzmir is the city of firsts. It is the home of the Izmir International Fair, which has a special place in the lives of all of us. Tourism and fair sözcüWe are together again at our tourism fair in Izmir, where the events are most meaningful. Tourism is peace, brotherhood, cooperation, sharing and solidarity. The goal of tourism is not just to make money. To make the people he serves happy. Tourism is not like any other sector, it brings income to nearly 60 sectors. Tourism suits Izmir very well," he said.
“We were very impressed with Izmir”
Sunil Kumar Rumalla, President of the World Federation of Travel Agencies Associations (UFTAA), started his speech by saying "Hello Izmir". Rumalla said, “Today is a very important day in İzmir. These are very big fairs, congratulations. Tourism has returned after the pandemic. Izmir is a very beautiful city, we were very impressed. I congratulate the Mayor of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality," he said.
Mahmut Özgener, Chairman of the Izmir Chamber of Commerce, said, “TTI Izmir has gone forward every day in 16 years. It has become a very important tourism platform,” he said.
“We have proven ourselves”
Oya Narin, Chairman of the Board of the Turkish Tourism Investors Association, emphasized that Turkish tourism has taken an important step in the world and said that they will do the necessary work for İzmir and the Aegean to take their share. Yusuf Öztürk, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the İzmir Branch of the İMEAK Chamber of Shipping, pointed out that cruise tourism has started to rise again in İzmir and said, “This beautiful synergy in İzmir has spread all over Turkey. Collaborations have given us a great momentum.”
President Tunç Soyer visited the stands with the accompanying delegation and wished success to the participants. Soyer helped the local dishes prepared at the stands and offered them to the visitors.
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