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  • Turkey’s Galataport to go live in April: President

    Turkey’s Galataport to go live in April: President

    Istanbul’s major renovation project Galataport will be operational as of April, said the Turkish president on Friday. “Galataport is a worldwide project with the potential of drawing 25 million visitors, 7 million tourists, and 1.5 million cruise passengers,” said Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the inauguration of a historical movie theater and cinema museum.  As part of the Galataport project, new shopping malls, hotels, and a new Istanbul Modern building are planned to be built. The port is also planned to be renovated as part of the project. Despite the virus conditions, 200 cruise ships carrying 350,000 passengers have made reservations […] More

  • Turkey gets back historical artifacts from Hungary

    Turkey gets back historical artifacts from Hungary

    BUDAPEST, Hungary Hundreds of historical artifacts of Anatolian origin recovered in Hungary were returned to Turkey on Thursday. The 412 items were found by Hungarian authorities in a Turkish national’s possession back in 2015. They include the head of a Roman-era marble statue, a marble figurine, metal, wood, and stone artifacts, as well as multiple coins. The artifacts were handed over to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu by his counterpart Peter Szijjarto in Hungary’s capital Budapest. Thanking Hungary for the gesture, the Turkish minister said on Twitter: “Received the cultural artifacts of Anatolia origin confiscated in 2015 in Hungary. Appreciate […] More

  • Zoo gears up for tourism season in southern Turkey

    Zoo gears up for tourism season in southern Turkey

    One of Turkey’s largest zoos has opened for visitors, after suspending operations for months due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Antalya Metropolitan Municipality Zoo and Nature Park in the Mediterranean resort city hosts 1,451 animals of 134 species, including endangered ones. Aygul Arsun, the director of the zoo, told Anadolu Agency that new attractions such as dust baths for donkeys and horses, glass walls in the enclosure for big cats, and a children’s section to see Zebras have been introduced. She added that measures have been taken to maintain social distancing at all times, while visitors will be required to […] More

  • Turkish city’s unique tastes to be introduced to world

    Turkish city’s unique tastes to be introduced to world

    DIYARBAKIR, Turkey A historic building in eastern Turkey will be turned into a learning institution that will introduce the world to the rich food culture of a southeastern Turkish province. The project in Sur in Diyarbakir province is being implemented by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Diyarbakir with the support of the Karacadag Development Agency with coordination of the Ministry of Industry and Technology. The Chamber of Commerce service building will serve as the Gastro Innovation Center to introduce the tastes of Diyarbakir, the city of civilizations. Visitors will be instructed on dish preparation that will be promoted […] More

  • Heritage of Turkey’s Safranbolu district kept alive at museum

    Heritage of Turkey’s Safranbolu district kept alive at museum

    KARABUK, Turkey  Thousands of years of history and cultural heritage of Safranbolu district in northwestern Turkey’s Karabuk province are on display at the Safranbolu City History Museum.  The district was an important stop on the main East-West trade route in the region. Its iconic sites of the Old Mosque, Old Bath and Medresse of Suleyman Pasha were built in the early 13th century, according to UNESCO. The City History Museum’s grand building, built between 1904-1906 with Ottoman architecture under the leadership of local administrators with the financial support of people in the region, was used as a military, civil and […] More

  • Turkey welcomes over half million tourists in January

    Turkey welcomes over half million tourists in January

    ISTANBUL Turkey hosted 509,787 foreign visitors in the first month of 2021, the country’s Culture and Tourism Ministry said on Monday. The figures decreased 71.48% year-on-year in January from 1.8 million due to the COVID19 pandemic measures, the official data showed. Istanbul continued to be Turkey’s top tourist hub, attracting nearly 65.7% of foreign visitors — 334,825 persons. Edirne in northwestern Turkey, which borders both Bulgaria and Greece, saw the second-highest number of foreigners, with 52,698. The Mediterranean resort city of Antalya followed with 9.22% or 47,023 foreign visitors. Russians accounted for 17.54% of the visitors, followed by Iranians with […] More

  • Crystal snow in Turkey’s Cibiltepe allures visitors

    KARS, Turkey The Cibiltepe Ski Center attracts visitors with its ski tracks surrounded by scotch pine forests and natural beauty in Turkey’s northeastern Kars province. The ski center, which is around 54 kilometers (33 miles) from Kars and 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) from the Sarikamis district center, is leaving everyone dazzled with its snow quality and magnificent nature. There are seven hotels with 2,830 bed-capacity and many rental apartments in the area. It is located on a high plateau covered with scotch pine forests and is rated as one of the most important winter sports centers and winter tourism in […] More

  • SunExpress to boost Turkish tourism with new routes

    SunExpress to boost Turkish tourism with new routes

    ANKARA  Turkish-German airline SunExpress is set to boost Turkish tourism by opening up new destinations this summer, the company said on Tuesday. The airline said it would expand its flight network between Turkey and Europe by adding new routes from the Turkish resort cities of Antalya and Izmir, including three major cities in the Middle East – Beirut, Erbil (northern Iraq), and Tel Aviv. “We are expecting to see a ramp-up in demand for travel during the upcoming summer season,” stressed SunExpress CEO Max Kownatzki. Predicting that widely applied vaccinations in many countries and easy availability of COVID-19 tests will […] More

  • ‘Turkey, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan cooperation benefits region’

    ‘Turkey, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan cooperation benefits region’

    ANKARA  A trilateral mechanism between Turkey, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan has made significant contributions to the prosperity and stability of the region, the foreign minister of Turkey said on Tuesday. “Our relationships built on special bonds have turned into a comprehensive partnership today. This trilateral mechanism, which we initiated in 2014, has made a significant contribution to the prosperity and stability of the region,” Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a joint press conference with his Azerbaijani and Turkmen counterparts. Underlining that the meeting had been fruitful, Cavusoglu said the delegations reviewed the steps they had taken so far and voiced important ideas […] More

  • Turkey: Natural beauty of frozen lake delights visitors

    Natural beauty of frozen lake delights visitors

    TRABZON, Turkey Uzungol, or Long Lake, with its fascinating and picturesque landscape, offers visitors a visual feast in northeastern Turkey.  The frozen tourist lake and stream in the Haldizen Valley, located in a valley between mountains in the Caykara district, has become an attraction in Trabzon province in the Black Sea region. Uzungol acquires a distinct beauty with pine trees, lush vegetation, wildlife and fresh air. While the number of visitors has fallen compared to previous years because of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus, tourists who come daily, relax at the lake after hiking and they take […] More

  • Nailed horseshoes help sledding on Lake Cildir in Turkey

    Nailed horseshoes help sledding on Lake Cildir in Turkey

    The sleighs who serve on the Lake Cildir in northeastern Turkey offer tourists a fantastic journey thanks to the nailed horseshoes which prevent horses from sliding down. The second largest lake in Eastern Anatolia, the Lake Cildir is completely covered with ice in winter as the temperature falls below zero. As the ice thickness reaches 25-30 centimeters (9-11 inches) on the lake, some fishermen break the ice and catch fish like Eskimos, while others walk or ride with sleighs on the ice. The secret of a fairy sleigh ride on the lake is hidden in the nailed horseshoes. Attached to […] More

  • Snow-clad Cappadocia cathedral wows visitors in Turkey

    Snow-clad Cappadocia cathedral wows visitors in Turkey

    AKSARAY, Turkey  Covered in a dazzling snow blanket, the ancient Christian cathedral enthralls visitors in Turkey’s picturesque Cappadocia region. The Selime Cathedral, which is known to be the place where Christians held the first vocal religious ceremony 1,700 years ago, is located in Turkey’s central Aksaray province and attracts many local and foreign tourists every year. The Selime village is at the entrance of the Ihlara Valley and it is home to several churches, monasteries, caravan roads, hundreds of fairy chimneys, and unique scenery. The largest cathedral in the Cappadocia region, the two-story Selime, was built after rocks were carved. […] More

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