Türkiye was in the spotlight at Arabian Travel Market 2022. The world-leading tourism destination introduced its travel offerings at the event with an emphasis on the TurkAegean, Turkish Riviera, Black Sea regions, and tourism hotspot İstanbul. Türkiye’s historical and cultural assets as well as its famous cuisine were also highlighted at Arabian Travel Market, which took place between 9-12 May 2022. This year marked the 29th edition of Arabian Travel Market, which focused on “The future of international travel and tourism”.
Within the scope of the event, Turkish Cuisine was also introduced in the Türkiye stand with a special area designated for the gastronomy book “Turkish Cuisine with Timeless Recipes”.
Türkiye Attended Arabian Travel Market 2022 with 35 Representatives
Türkiye attended the Arabian Travel Market 2022 with an impressive number of thirty-five Turkish tourism representatives, including the country’s official tourism agency Türkiye Tourism Promotion and Development Agency (TGA).
Located in Sheikh Saeed Hall 2, Türkiye’s national stand at Arabian Travel Market covered an expansive space of 414 square meters. Turkish tourism professionals held meetings at the stand with fair attendees from all over the world, welcoming buyers and representatives alike at stand EU1830. Attracting a lot of attention from the attendees of the prestigious event, the Turkish booth welcomed the Consul General of the Republic of Türkiye in Dubai, İlker Kılıç.
The booth offered an introduction to Türkiye’s blue voyage, sea-sun-sand, and historical tourism destinations TurkAegean and the Turkish Riviera. The country’s transcontinental and multi-faceted tourism center İstanbul was the main focus at the stand with promotional films showcasing the city’s art, cuisine, and shopping offerings. Türkiye’s scenic Black Sea region, famous for pretty, harborside hamlets boasting ancient fortifications, untouched beaches, and vibrant seaside towns, was in the spotlight at the prestigious event, as well. Additionally, event attendees were informed about the country’s latest sustainable and green tourism initiatives such as the collaboration agreement signed with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council at the beginning of 2022.
The Arabian Travel Market created new opportunities for future collaborations in tourism, unlocking business potential between the Middle East and Türkiye.
Türkiye welcomed over 30 million visitors in 2021, ranking 4th in the list of most visited countries according to the World Tourism Organization’s yearly report. The tourism hotspot’s 2021 success indicates a rise of %88 percent in tourist numbers compared to 2020, in which Türkiye fared considerably well thanks to its diligent vaccination efforts and highly successful and much acclaimed Safe Tourism Certification Program.
In the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021, 4.9 million international visitors visited Türkiye indicating a rise of 150% in tourist numbers. Türkiye welcomed 1.3 million visitors from the Gulf countries in 2021 and the number of visitors from the Gulf countries to Türkiye rose by 186% in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021.
Turkish Cuisine in the Spotlight
At Arabian Travel Market 2022, the country’s culinary diversity and richness were on display at the Türkiye booth.
The country showcased the gastronomy book “Turkish Cuisine With Timeless Recipes” which features contributions from prominent chefs, academics, and experts and highlights the rich cuisine’s waste-free, ecological and sustainable characteristics.
Tourism professionals and visitors enjoyed an introduction to Turkish cuisine via this attractive publication featuring traditional and local recipes as well as professionally curated, beautiful images.
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