IMM President Ekrem İmamoğluspoke at the opening ceremony of EMITT, one of the five largest tourism fairs in the world. Emphasizing that Turkey's main locomotive is Istanbul, İmamoğlu underlined that they are determined to bring the city to the point it deserves in this sense. Pointing out that tourism wants a perspective that embraces peace, tranquility, justice, democracy, freedoms and differences, İmamoğlu said, “All these are in the genetics of the people of this country. There are all these feelings in the civilization in these lands. By providing all these, we can reach our tourism potential exactly at the level we want.” İBB is also at EMITT; It took place with all its subsidiaries from Metro A.Ş. to City Lines, from BİMTAŞ to ISBAK. Participants showed great interest in IMM stands.
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) President Ekrem İmamoğluspoke at the opening ceremony of the Eastern Mediterranean International Tourism and Travel Fair (EMITT), one of the five largest tourism fairs in the world and held for the 25th time this year. Emphasizing that tourism is one of the sectors most affected by the pandemic process, İmamoğlu said, “While Istanbul hosted 2019 million tourists in 15, unfortunately we hosted 2020 million visitors in 5 and 2021 million visitors in 8,5. Of course, we are struggling to overcome this troublesome process together, with a common mind and cooperation, and we are aware that we have to struggle even more in this regard.
“ALL THIS IS IN THE GENETICS OF THE COUNTRY PEOPLE”
Pointing out that the tourism sector cannot develop only with infrastructure works, İmamoğlu said, “Tourism demands peace. Tourism demands peace. Tourism wants justice, it wants democracy, it wants freedom. It wants an understanding that can see every environment in 360 degrees and a perspective that can embrace these differences; only then can we reach the point we desire worldwide. All these are in the genetics of the people of this country. There are all these feelings in the civilization in these lands. By providing all these, we can only reach our tourism potential to the level we want.” Stating that the works that local governments are not involved in do not have a chance to be successful, İmamoğlu gave examples of tourism-oriented works as IMM.
“İSTANBUL, TURKEY'S MAIN ENGINE”
Emphasizing that Istanbul is Turkey's main locomotive, İmamoğlu said:
“We care about being a close stakeholder in the struggle of this process with the perspective of 'What can we do' in establishing the Istanbul Tourism Platform and in creating a consensus with all stakeholders and contributing to tourism; We continue to care. We care about the historical peninsula. Hopefully, we will share our 50 projects on the historical peninsula with the public in April. Turkey's main locomotive is Istanbul and it will always be this way. In this respect, especially to contribute to the problems and processes of Galataport; to strengthen the transportation processes related to the historical peninsula, to ensure that the villages of the Bosphorus and the Prince Islands become a more qualified tourism area; We continue to carry out works that contribute to all processes of Istanbul, such as the shores of the Golden Horn and the shores of Salacak, both within ourselves and with our stakeholders, in an integrated manner.”
“WE HAVE TO ACHIEVE A CULTURE OF COLLABORATION”
Noting that he believes that Istanbul will definitely reach the point it deserves, İmamoğlu emphasized that their aim is to host around 20-25 million tourists in the city annually. Emphasizing that providing an income of 1.500 dollars per person from each tourist means that tourism reaches the place it deserves in Istanbul, İmamoğlu said: said. Stating that all stakeholders should work together in this sense, İmamoğlu said:
“With all our cities and all our local governments, especially in Istanbul; Of course, we have to achieve the culture of working together with our governors and representatives of institutions. In other words, there can be no discrimination against the mayor, governor, bureaucrat or minister of this business. When we undertake this work as a whole, when we raise this sector, which is perhaps the greatest treasure of our country, we see that perhaps our most serious resource in overcoming these difficult economic conditions will be tourism. I would like to state that we will be involved in this business and we will fight this fight at the highest level.”
COLORFUL MOMENTS WERE LIVED AT THE STAND VISIT
After the opening, İmamoğlu toured the stands participating in EMITT. Visiting more than 30 stands, including countries, provinces, districts and institutions, İmamoğlu met with intense interest from the participants. There were colorful moments during the visits of İmamoğlu, who tasted local delicacies and experienced the productions of handicraftsmen. Mayor of Antalya Metropolitan Municipality Muhittin Böcekİmamoğlu, who also met with Mersin Metropolitan Mayor Vahap Seçer, Edirne Mayor Recep Gürkan, Kırklareli Mayor Mehmet Siyam Kapakoğlu, Büyükçekmece Mayor and Bodrum Mayor Ahmet Aras, supported the “Ephesus is Ours” campaign by Selçuk Mayor Filiz Ceritoğlu Sengel. gave. İBB is also at EMITT; It took place with all its subsidiaries from Metro A.Ş. to City Lines, from BİMTAŞ to ISBAK. Participants showed great interest in IMM stands.