“Türkiye is decided to rework the tourism sector right into a extra sturdy construction,” says Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy

“On the finish of 2022, our tourism income had reached 46.3 billion {dollars}, and the variety of guests reached 51.4 million. In comparison with 2021 figures, we’re speaking a few 53% improve in income and a 75% improve within the variety of guests.” mentioned at 2023 World Sustainable Tourism Convention.

ANTALYA, TURKIYE  – TDN – REPORT: The 2023 World Sustainable Tourism Convention opened at the moment in Antalya, Türkiye, with a gap speech from Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, the Minister of Tradition & Tourism of Türkiye. The occasion, organized by the World Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), brings collectively contributors from around the globe to share information and expertise in sustainable tourism.

In his speech, Ersoy highlighted the significance of sustainability within the tourism business, particularly within the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. He famous that Türkiye was one of many international locations least affected by the pandemic, because of its fast implementation of the “Secure Tourism Certificates Program.”

Ersoy additionally spoke about Türkiye’s dedication to sustainability within the tourism sector and the federal government’s efforts to develop a shared understanding of Turkish tourism with the participation of all tourism stakeholders. He introduced that Türkiye goals to have all lodging services sustainable tourism licensed by 2030.

“Our nation was the primary to forge an settlement with the World Sustainable Tourism Council within the presence of the federal government and to arrange the Nationwide Sustainable Tourism Program. On this respect, our work is an exemplary step in the direction of sustainability on a worldwide scale, and different international locations have adopted our lead. I particularly wish to thank GSTC and its esteemed managers for his or her precious contributions all through this course of.” mentioned.

“Throughout the scope of this Program, which was created to make sure sustainable development within the tourism sector and to develop a shared understanding of Turkish tourism with the participation of all tourism stakeholders, lodging services are the precedence.

Once we observe the dynamics of tourism at the moment, we see that each world travellers and tour operators are searching for ‘sustainable tourism objects.’ And everyone knows that a very powerful technique to improve the competitiveness of tourism at the moment is to behave by ‘sustainability ideas.’ Seeing this demand, we have now introduced regulatory requirements to the sector.

Within the Program, the transition can be carried out in three levels. The primary part of the Program, which is deliberate to be accomplished in 2030, will happen in 2023. The second part will happen in 2025, and the ultimate stage in 2030, aiming to make sure all worldwide requirements on this course of. Within the first part, lodging services will adjust to 30% of the set requirements and 70% within the second part. There can be 100% compliance within the third part, and all services can be Sustainable Tourism licensed by 2030.

As of April 25, 2023, by assembly the required standards, 1,382 enterprises obtained the 1. Stage Certificates. The variety of enterprises which have obtained 3. Stage Certification is 202, and the entire variety of certificates reached 1,584. All services which were entitled to obtain certificates with 100% compliance inside the scope of the Program are introduced on the Ministry and TGA web sites and Türkiye’s official tourism platform GoTürkiye.”

Moreover, Ersoy highlighted Türkiye’s different sustainability initiatives, corresponding to its Blue Flag seashores, UNESCO World Heritage websites, and Cittaslow cities. He additionally famous Türkiye’s dedication to sustainable gastronomy, with one in all its eating places receiving the Inexperienced Star award from MICHELIN for sustainable gastronomy.

“Our actions in the direction of sustainable tourism aren’t restricted to our lodging services. For instance, Türkiye maintained its rank in 2022 as one of many high three international locations worldwide concerning Blue Flag seashores – 531 in whole. Antalya, the place we at the moment are, has extra Blue Flag seashores than every other metropolis. Türkiye, among the many high three international locations which have registered essentially the most components within the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Record, has entered the checklist with 25 values thus far. It shouldn’t be forgotten that these values improve public consciousness of historic cultural heritage and supply worldwide visibility. Türkiye at the moment has 19 heritage websites, together with 17 cultural and two blended, registered on the UNESCO World Heritage Record.” mentioned Ersoy.

He added that the steps Turkliye have taken in sustainability additionally embrace Turkish delicacies. “As we speak, many cooks give extra space to vegetation and greens of their kitchens as appreciation grows in the direction of culinary cultures and eating places that undertake an environmentally acutely aware sustainable mannequin. From this angle, we introduce our delicacies and gastronomic richness to the world, presenting a culinary custom that has, for hundreds of years, been sustainable, wholesome and waste-free. As you already know, final 12 months, İstanbul was included within the MICHELIN Information choice for the primary time; amongst these eating places, one was granted the Inexperienced Star, an award bestowed by MICHELIN to eating places which might be function fashions in sustainable gastronomy. As well as, we proceed to work on this concern to amass the sustainability label from the internationally recognised Biosphere for the suitable recipes within the Century-Previous Recipes and Turkish Delicacies e-book revealed in 2021. As well as, the Rami Library, the İzmir Tradition and Arts Manufacturing facility and the Adana Archaeology Museum we’ve opened lately have achieved the Biosphere Sustainability Certificates for the primary time in Türkiye and Maiden’s Tower, because of be opened tomorrow, is within the candidacy stage.”

And he concluded: “As you all know, we appeal to vacationers worldwide to our nation because of the efficient promoting and PR actions performed by way of our Türkiye Tourism Promotion and Growth Company and our sector’s efforts. At first of 2022, we set a goal of 42 million vacationers and 35 billion {dollars} in income. We revised this goal 3 times throughout the 12 months. On the finish of the 12 months, our tourism income had reached 46.3 billion {dollars}, and the variety of guests reached 51.4 million. In comparison with 2021 figures, we’re speaking a few 53% improve in income and a 75% improve within the variety of guests.

I wish to remind you that whereas the variety of guests fell by 72% worldwide because of the pandemic after 2019, we managed to maintain this price at 69% in Türkiye. We now have introduced our 2023 tourism targets as 60 million vacationers and 56 billion {dollars} in income. As all the time, I hope we’ll obtain our targets one after the other with the devoted work and assist of our precious sector representatives.”

Turkish Minister of Tradition & Tourism lastly emphasised the significance of the 2023 World Sustainable Tourism Convention as a precious platform for the trade of data and concepts amongst all contributors. He expressed his hope that the convention would contribute to sustainability efforts on a worldwide scale and that Türkiye would proceed to progress quickly in the direction of turning into one of many distinguished locations on this planet.

The convention, which runs from Could 09-12, 2023, options precious audio system who’re specialists of their fields and guarantees to ship optimistic outcomes and features to the world’s tourism sector and Türkiye.

TravelDailyNews Worldwide is Media Accomplice of GSTC 2023.

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