Published on : Friday, October 11, 2013
During the Mediterranean Luxury Travel Summit 2013 in Athens, Turkey’s European Union Minister, Egemen Bağış has urged that Turkey and Greece should strengthen their relations especially for cooperation on eastern Mediterranean tourism.
Turkey wants to collaborate with Greece to reach the highest level and believes that a profitable cooperation will found the basis of an eastern Mediterranean region with abundance and success. The two countries have potential in many fields like energy, security and economic dynamism.
Bağış said Turkey was the sixth most visited country in the world. They expected Turkey to host more than 37 million tourists by the end of this year. The value of exchange spent by tourists reached 16.5 billion, he added. Their 2023 target for tourism was to place Turkey within the top-five list, he said.
“Greek Prime Minister Samaras visited Turkey a couple of months ago in order to negotiate a memorandum of understanding for a Turkey-Greece High Level Cooperation Agreement. If we all want to advance our cooperation, these steps should be taken,” Bağış said.