Turkey signs historic tourism agreement with China
Agreement signed between Turkish and Chinese officers paves the way for 1 million Chinese tourists to visit Turkey
ERSIN ÇELIK,  Yeni Şafak  Saturday 17:56, 12 November 2016

A delegation of 18 Turkish officers have paid a visit to China and signed a historic agreement which paved the way for 1 million Chinese to visit Turkey every year.

The delegation was headed by former Prime Ministry official Muhammet Taha Gergerlioğlu, who met a number of officials from non-governmental organizations along with tourism representatives, bureaucrats and state governors.

The first Chinese group will visit Turkey in a few weeks and, likewise, Turkish visitors will pay a visit to China.

"If each and every one of the tourists would spend at least a thousand dollars; then it would be great revenue for our country," Gergerlioğlu said.

The number of foreign visitors visiting Turkey in 2015 decreased only slightly compared to tourist numbers for 2014, as 36.2 million tourists visited Turkey in 2015, marking just a 1.61 percent decrease compared to 2014.

The tourists with the largest numbers visiting Turkey from a single country were Germans with 5.6 million.

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