By Chris Elliott…….

Through our contacts at the Ministry of Tourism and Environment we have known for some time just how busy they are trying to promote Northern Cyprus as a tourist destination, and why not, as there is not much missing here except for direct flights due to the on-going archaic embargoes, designed to keep our southern neighbours happy!

The world need not bother because the TRNC is growing in stature and importance and a few weeks ago they were at the 2017 ITB Berlin Tourism Fair which is the world’s largest tourism trade fair. The companies represented at the fair included hotels, tourist boards, tour operators, system providers, airlines and car rental companies.

There were participants from 187 different countries during the course of the fair North Cyprus had an opportunity to introduce cultural, social, health and alternative tourism products to the world and their stand was awarded 9th place out of out of  an amazing 2,000 stands. Well done Kuzey Kıbrıs you deserved it.

This week the North Cyprus Tourism teams are very busy with one group in Baku, Azerbaijan at the Azerbaijan International Travel and Tourism Fair (AITF) and we show a picture below of the Kuzey Kıbrıs stand and the tourism team are ready to tell visitors all about the delights and value of making Northern Cyprus a must visit tourist destination.

TRNC Tourism Team in Baku, Azerbaijan. Photo courtesy of Mustafa Koprulu

Another Ministry of Tourism team also went to Antalya  in Turkey to attend the HESTOUREX – World Health Sports Tourism Congress and Fair, which will bring 2000 tourism professionals operating in health and sports fields from 150 countries to Antalya Expo Center which opened on the 6th April and will continue until the 9th April.

We were delighted to receive a picture from our good friend Meryem Ozcilem of herself together TRNC Minister of Tourism and Environment, Fikri Ataoğlu and we hope to bring more news from Antalya very soon and in the meanwhile show below a previous summary from Fikri Ataoğlu about the plans for the HESTOUREX – World Health Sports Tourism Congress and Fair

WE ARE SUPPORTING INVESTMENT AND PLANNING

Ataoğlu stated that internationally accredited health institutions and the number of hospitals should be increased in parallel with the development of the health sector, and on this point, he said they will work in cooperation with the relevant public institutions and sectors as well.

Ataoğlu stated that they are giving priority to improving the physical and technical infrastructure in the field of health tourism and providing support for investment and planning within the scope of health tourism.

NORTHERN CYPRUS – 4 SEASONS – A SPORTING COUNTRY

Tourism and Environment Minister Ataoglu said that the potential of North Cyprus’s sports tourism has not been evaluated up to today as much as is necessary and referred to events such as the European Rally Championship and the International Bicycle Tour in which 18 teams from 16 different countries have recently participated successfully in our country.

DIVING, GOLF, FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL, BEACH VOLLEYBALL

Underlining their goals to increase international sports organizations, Ataoğlu said that many places for diving, golf, football, basketball, beach volleyball are suitable for sports tourism in the TRNC.

WE HAVE MADE GREAT PREPARATION FOR THE EXHIBITION

Ataoglu stated that the Ministry of Tourism and Environment is very well prepared for the World Health and Sports Tourism Congress and Fair, with the coordination of the Tourism Promotion and Marketing Department.  We also had our final meeting and preparation with the participation of Federations, Unions, Health Tourism Council and Universities.