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  • Turkey welcomes over half million tourists in January
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    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

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    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
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    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’
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    ‘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
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    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
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    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
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    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

  • Turkey: Nailed horseshoes help sledding on Lake Cildir
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    Nailed horseshoes help sledding on Lake Cildir

    ARDAHAN, 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. […] More

  • Turkey's Uludag ski center boasts top-notch facilities
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    Turkey’s Uludag ski center boasts top-notch facilities

    BURSA, Turkey Uludag is synonymous to skiing in Turkey. The ski center has maintained its old-school charm for decades with its top-notch facilities, long ski slopes and fun activities. BURSA, TURKEY – JANUARY 16: Skiers use chairlifts to get on the mountain in Uludag, one of the most important centers of winter tourism, in Bursa, Turkey on January 19, 2021. ( Ali Atmaca – Anadolu Agency ) Alternative transportation is provided by a 9-kilometer (5.5-mile) cable car service. If accessed by road, it is 40 km (25 mi) away from the city center of Bursa. Highways and bridges built in […] More

  • Winter wonderland in eastern Turkey attracts tourists
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    Winter wonderland in eastern Turkey attracts tourists

    ERZURUM, Turkey A ski resort on the slopes of Mt. Palandoken in Turkey’s eastern Erzurum province, one of the most frigid areas in the country, attracts international and domestic tourists every winter. The Palandoken Ski Center offers an adrenaline-filled thrilling experience for ski and snowboard enthusiasts with 55 ski tracks — including easy, intermediate, advanced, and natural tracks. The center provides an opportunity for 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) of non-stop skiing with the country’s longest and the world’s third longest track. Two of its tracks, registered by the International Ski Federation (FIS) for slalom races, offer skiing to about 12,000 […] More

  • Turkey: 'Heart of nature' park attracts vacationers
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    ‘Heart of nature’ park attracts vacationers

    BOLU, Turkey Golcuk Nature Park in northern Turkey has become a favorite spot for vacationers, especially during winter. The park that is famous for its natural beauty and known as the “heart of nature” in the Black Sea province of Bolu — a big tourist attraction with Lake Abant and Yedigoller, or Seven Lakes — is among the leading thermal and health tourist magnets in the region. The snow depth currently is at 40 centimeters (15.7 inches), while the surface of the lake froze after temperatures dropped to -16 centigrade degrees (3.2 Fahrenheit). The natural wonder in the snow blankets […] More

  • Turkish guides took virus measures faster than EU peers
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    Turkish guides took virus measures faster than EU peers

    ISTANBUL Turkey’s tourist guides were much more flexible and faster compared to their counterparts in the Mediterranean basin and EU member countries in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a senior sector member.  Sedat Bornovali, chairman of the Istanbul Chamber of Tourist Guides, told Anadolu Agency that tourist guides in European countries said they were behind from such measures and directions. Expressing that the rapid measures taken by the Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry have been very helpful, Bornovali said the ministry took precautions in museums and archaeological sites, and also published a circular on managing tourist guidance during the […] More

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