Turkey seeks to increase the number tourists from Ukraine by over 40% in 2016, to 1 million people, Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism Mahir Unal has said.
"Our goal in 2016 is to increase the reception of tourists from Ukraine from 730,000 to 1 million people. We will show our hospitality to everyone who will come," he said at the presentation of the Turkey's stand at the Ukraine International Travel & Tourism Show (UITT) 2016 in Kyiv on Wednesday.
Unal pointed out the large importance of air communications for development of the tourism.
"Air transport plays a large role in developing the tourism sector. They are very developed between Turkey and Ukraine. I'm glad that Turkish Airlines today opened the seventh airport in Ukraine for the airline and launched flights to Ivano-Frankivsk," he said.
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"I would like to thank all tour operators who send tourists to Turkey," the minister added.
The culture and information office of the Turkish Embassy in Ukraine told Interfax-Ukraine that tourist flow from Ukraine to Turkey in 2015 totaled 706,551 people.
Turkish Airlines on March 30, 2016 launched daily flights on the Istanbul-Ivano-Frankivsk route.