The new economic program, unveiled by Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak on Sept. 20, says Turkey will draw up new plans to attract tourists from Far East countries such as China, India, Japan, and South Korea.
The number of tourists visiting Turkey from those countries jumped 72.5 percent year-on-year to nearly 440,000 in the first seven months of this year, according to data compiled by Anadolu Agency.
“Last year the spending of visitors from China, India, Japan, and South Korea — considered higher-end tourists — reached $325 billion,” said Bağlıkaya.
Bağlıkaya added that this December China Southern Airlines is due to launch thrice-weekly service to Turkey.
In the first half of this year, over 17 million foreigners visited Turkey and spent some $11.5 billion. Last year, Turkey’s tourism income totaled $26.2 billion, while visitors numbered 38.6 million.