Tourism potential btw Turkey, India rose, envoy says

Istanbul and Aegean coasts of Turkey attract tourists most, says India's top envoy to Turkey

Tourism potential btw Turkey, India rose, envoy says

By Yunus Okur and Murat Aslan


Tourism potential between Turkey and India has risen almost 80 percent, India's ambassador to Turkey said on Tuesday.

“Indian tourists usually prefer Istanbul and southern coasts [of Turkey],” Sanjay Bhattacharyya told Anadolu Agency in the eastern Erzurum province.

In his visit to provincial governor's office, Bhattacharyya underlined the “close” relationship between the two countries.

He said: “I will try ski tracks in Erzurum tomorrow and taste traditional foods like cag kebab.”

“Erzurum is a historically rich city. A tourism program including skiing and visiting historical places would attract more tourist into the country,” the ambassador added.

“We are planning to hold a huge festival in Istanbul, Ankara, Konya and Izmir [provinces]. It will feature different activities in music, dance, food, beverages and yoga.”

Taking his office eight months ago, Bhattacharyya said he sees Turkey as his second home.

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