On the 19th May 2017, a tour bus from Southern Cyprus visiting the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus had a sign in the German language on the front window which translated to ‘tour to the area occupied by Turks’. A letter was written from the Ministry of Tourism and Environment and all tourism civil society authorities stating that it is unacceptable and that the most effective measures have been taken by our state to prevent similar incidents that are completely against the spirit of tourism and philosophy. Foreign tourists who visit the northern part of the island come to enjoy tourism and the peace of the country and to admire the historical, natural and cultural assets of our country.
The TRNC will not remain silent in the face of such activities, either from individuals and/or collective groups for the purpose of harming our tourism image. We are requesting more sensitivity and seriousness from the tourism agencies and tour operators who send tourists from Southern Cyprus to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. We declare our condolences to the whole public and we present our respects.
Assoc. Dr. İsmet ESENYEL – Undersecretary of Ministry of Tourism and Environment
Fethi ÖZBOĞAÇ – Head of KITOB
Orhan TOLUN – KITSAB President
İbrahim ALTINER – KITREB President
Ahmet ARKIN – President of Casino Businessmen Association
Ercan KÜÇÜK – RESBİR President