A world tourism forum kicked off Friday on the Turkish Riviera, with a focus on both the present and future of the sector as the coronavirus pandemic nears a more manageable phase.
The Global Tourism Forum, co-organized by Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Ministry and the event’s host city, the sunny Aegean resort of Bodrum, is bringing together top figures from both world of politics and the tourism sector.
In his opening remarks, Nadir Alpaslan, deputy culture and tourism minister, said tourism is a very important sector for the public, the economy, and jobs.
“Before the pandemic, tourism contributed $1.5 trillion to the world economy,” he explained, adding that virus-driven restrictions and the blow to people both hit the economy hard.
“Turkey made efforts to minimize the effects of the pandemic,” he explained, mentioning closures from the first cases in Turkey in March 2020 until that June.
“In order to minimize the damage suffered by the tourism sector, we implemented our Safe…