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July / August 2018 No: 161

North Cyprus welcomes tourists

TTM Pattaya MTF Nakhon Phanom CanlÄą Tarih Prag!


EDITOR’S NOTE

Environmental pollution kills tourism I have attended the Mekong Tourism Forum held at the end of June in Southeast Asia. You will find news about the forum in this issue. The main topic of the forum was plastic pollution. Countries with shores of the Mekong River prohibit throwing plastic into rivers and completely remove the plastic from the tourism sector. During the forum, it is announced that many European and Asian countries will ban plastic usage in the next 20 years. A new report released by WWF has revealed tourists cause a 40 percent surge in waste entering the Mediterranean Sea, 95 percent of which is plastic. Tourists will not travel to dirty places for a holiday. If we want to keep tourism alive, we need to prevent environmental pollution. In this issue, while we present you North Cyprus in English, we promote Prague in Turkish. Additionally, you will find news from Turkey, around the world, Thailand Travel Mart, and the Mekong Tourism Forum. Wishing you an enjoyable summer season.

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Turkey news Global Ports to operate and invest Havana’s cruise port Turkey’s Global Ports Holding (GPH) has signed a 15-year management agreement with the Cuban company Aries S.A. for the operation of the cruise port in Havana, Cuba. Under the terms of the Agreement, the Group will from 21st June 2018, use its global expertise and operating model to manage all of the cruise port operations over the life of the Agreement. As consideration, the Group will be paid a management fee that is based on a number of factors including passenger numbers, with growth based incentives. In addition to operating the cruise port operations, the Group will continue to work with our Cuban partners on the design and technical specification of the cruise port investment program, including proposed new terminals. Once these have been completed GPH will take responsibility for the marketing and commercialization of these new facilities. The Agreement is part of significant investment by Cuba into the port area and the tourism infrastructure in Havana. The port currently has capacity of two berths and in 2017 welcomed c328,000 cruise passengers, a growth rate of 156% compared to 2016, with over 500,000 cruise passengers forecast for 2018. As part of Cuba’s significant investment program into the port and surrounding area the number of berths will increase to six by 2024, significantly increasing the passenger capacity of the Havana port. Cuba, located in the northern Caribbean, is the largest island in the Caribbean. Havana, the capital city of Cuba, is its major port and commercial centre and offers visitors a truly unique experience. The port itself is situated at the heart of Havana and only a 30-minute drive from Jose Marti International Airport, making it an ideal home porting destination. The Caribbean is the largest cruise market in the world, with 9.6m passengers enjoying a cruise in the Caribbean in 2017, representing a global market share of c35%. While the Caribbean market is by far the largest cruise market in the world, it has continued to grow strongly in recent years, with passenger volumes rising at CAGR of 4.5% since 2012. Global Ports Holding, Chairman and Co-Founder Mehmet Kutman said, “I am very happy that we have signed an agreement for Havana Cruise Port, the first step in the Group’s growth strategy for the Americas. This spectacular city and country is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination, with visitors attracted by world famous architecture, a vibrant music scene and the famous local hospitality. We very much look forward to working with our Cuban partners to deliver a fantastic cruise port experience.” Global Ports Holding, CEO Emre Sayin said, “We are delighted to have been awarded the management contract for the Havana cruise port and look forward to playing our role in developing the cruise port and the wider visitor experience in Havana, as well as Cuba more broadly. This represents our first Agreement in the Caribbean, in line with our strategy of expansion into the Americas cruise port market and therefore marks an important step in the development of Global Ports Holding. The GPH team looks forward to working with our local partners and local staff to drive continued growth in cruise passenger volumes at Havana Port and deliver both world class cruise port facilities and a great cruise experience for all passengers visiting Havana.” World Tourism Leaders will meet at Uzakrota Travel Summit After the event on 17 November 2017 at Fairmont Quasar Istanbul in 5 conference rooms with the participation of 1500 tourism professionals, the Uzakrota Travel Summit 2018 preparations, which will be the most effective tourism event of the year 2018, has been started at a great pace. The main sponsors of the event which will be held on 30 November at Hilton Bosphorus Convention Centre are Amadeus, Emirates Airline, Tourism Korea and GoGlobal and this year, the event evolved further in the meaning of both concept and content with the participation of more than 2500 local and 6  New Focus | July / August 2018


foreign tourism professionals in 3 conference rooms, 5 scenes and 1 foyer area. This year, Uzakrota Travel Summit which has chosen as one of the most effective 10 tourism events by Bidroom, will bring together travel agencies, tourism tech firms, hotels, agencises serving the tourism industry and bloggers from Turkey and the countries from the close circle will be the most effective tourism summit of Turkey as in the past years. More than 100 lecturers will adress topics such as “How to Create a New Brand in the Digital Age?", "Omnichannel Marketing in Tourism", "Strategic Partnerships, APIs and Data Analytics", "Obtaining Market Share by Using Payment Methods", "The Power of Emerging Markets and Online Platforms “ and "Global Developments in Airline Ticket Consolidation " on 5 scenes in 57 sessions. Lecturers becoming clear to take part of the event. Mete Vardar -CEO- Jolly Tour, Yasemin Pirinççioğlu- CEO- Vip Tourism, Oktay Temeller -Director- Setur Tourism, Zekeriya Şen -General Manager- Fest Travel, David Gunnarsson -CEO- Dohop, Andy Owen Jones -CEO- BD4 Travel , Mert Dorman – President of Corporate Marketing and Distribution Channels-Turkish Airlines, İsmail Bütün- Vice President of Marketing-Turkcell, Oğuz Karakaş -CEO - Biletbank and Petur, Eric Willems -CEO- Amadeus Turkey, Altuğ Bekdemir -General Manager-Sabre Turkey, İbrahim Köymen -General Manager- Travelport Turkey, Fazal Bahardeen –CEO- Crescent Rating , Tolga Habalı -CEO- IRC – International Residency & Citizenship, Amit Taneja -Business Development Manager- Cleartrip, Zdenek Komenda -Business Development Manager- Kiwi, Marcin Wesolowski -Deputy General Manager- Bidroom, Yuriy Vyushin -Business Development Manager- Yandex.Travel, İztok Franco -CEO- Digg in travel, Dündar Özdemir -CEO - Wirecard, Kemal Geçer –General Manager- Lufthansa Group Iraq and Turkey, Güliz Öztürk -Deputy General Manager- Pegasus Airlines, Nevzat Arşan -Deputy General Manager- Atlasglobal, Çağlar Erol -CEO- Enuygun, Özkan Hacıoğlu -CEO- Neredekal.com , Yaşar Çelik -CEO- Biletall.com, Bertan Aner -CEO-Otelz.com, Kadir Kırmızı -CEO- Turna.com , Jelena Stankovic -Marketing Manager- Tourist Organization of Belgrade, Arden Agopyan -CEO- Hotelrunner, Emel Karaman -Marketing ManagerBigchefs, and Tuğba Atay -General Manager- Hepstar Turkey, on 30 November, with the participation of these names below more than 100 lecturers will be at Uzakrota Travel Summit. 2.500 local and international visitors will be at Uzakrota Travel Summit where Amadeus Main Hall, Neredekal Tourism Tech, Emirates Tourism Marketing Halls and in addition Sabre Travel Tech Exchange, and Crescentrating Halal in Travel scene which is organised all around the world, and the foyer area will take place. Uzakrota team will organise a butique event on 28 September in Athens before the giant summit will take place in Istanbul with the participation of 120 people and bring together the industry representatives. Discounted tickets from 17,70 euros will be offered at 59 euros after 31 May. Do not miss the early registration opportunity. For further information about the lecturers, sponsors and the program please visit: https://www.uzakrota.com/summit18 The 16th Istanbul Biennial in 2019 to be curated by Nicolas Bourriaud The 16th Istanbul Biennial, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and sponsored by Koç Holding, will take place between 14 September and 10 November 2019. The 16th edition of the Biennial will be curated by French curator, art scholar and writer Nicolas Bourriaud. Bourriaud, one of the co-founders of Palais de Tokyo, Paris and current director of the Montpellier Contemporain, stated, “I am very honoured to be able to contribute to the history of Istanbul Biennial, which has always been a place of strong curatorial statements since its creation in 1987. Also, as a crossing

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Turkey news point, the city of Istanbul takes a specific signification today, in a global political era marked by binary thought. I will try to build an exhibition that measures up to our historical situation.” Istanbul Biennial’s Advisory Board commented on Bourriaud, “Nicolas Bourriaud’s research embracing the idea of multiverse is vital for the thoughtful minds of today. We strongly believe that Nicolas will develop an intriguing exhibition considering his esteemed curatorial and theoretical practice, his in-depth academic studies as well has his long term collaborations with artists and active engagement with new generations. 16th Istanbul Biennial, under the curatorship of Nicolas Bourriaud, will celebrate and embrace the possibilities of transdiciplinary collaboration through the exhibition and its public programmes which will bring together artists and specialists living and producing in different parts of the globe.” The Istanbul Biennial Advisory Board members include Iwona Blazwick, Ayşe Erek, İnci Eviner, Yuko Hasegawa and Agustín Pérez Rubio. Nicolas Bourriaud, born in 1965, is a curator and writer. He is the director of Montpellier Contemporain (MoCo), an institution he created, gathering the La Panacée art centre, the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts and the future MoCo Museum, which will be opened in June 2019. He was the director of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris from 2011 to 2015. From 2010 to 2011, he headed the studies department at the Ministry of Culture in France. He was Gulbenkian Curator for Contemporary Art at Tate Britain in London from 2007 to 2010 and founder advisor for the Victor Pinchuk Foundation in Kiev. He also founded and co-directed the Palais de Tokyo, Paris between 1999 and 2006. Bourriaud’s recent exhibitions include Crash Test, La Panacée (2018); Back to Mulholland Drive, La Panacée (2017); Wirikuta, MECA Aguascalientes, Mexico (2016); The Great Acceleration / Art in the Anthropocene, Taipei Biennial (2014); The Angel of

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In Brief Handan Boyce established her own company. Safi Orhan Kutluay is the new General Manager of Labranda Ephesus Princess Kuşadası. Mustafa Küçükçakan has been appointed as the General Manager of Thailand Pattaya Cocco Resort. Ahmet Korkut named General Manager of Elite World Asia Hotel. Edip Araç has been appointed General Manager of Bodrum Turgutreis Labranda Bodrum Princess & SPA Hotel. Yılgör Demirtaş announced as General Manager of WA Çeşme Farm Hotel Beach Resort & Spa. H. Hakan Bakır is the new General Managers of Burgu Arjaan by Rotana ve Tango Arjaan by Rotana hotels. Gürsel Karadeniz named General Manager of Ramada Sofia. Savaş Çolakoğlu is the new General Manager of Swissotel Ankara. Emre İçiren has been appointed General Manager of Cappadocia Hill Butik hotel. Harun Dursun is the new General Manager of Mandarin Oriental Bodrum. Turcan Uysal is the new General Managers of TUI Magic Life Sarıgerme & Seno Resort Sarıgerme. History, Palais des Beaux-Arts (2013); Monodrome, Athens Biennial (2011) and Altermodern, Tate Triennial, London (2009). Nicolas Bourriaud was also in the curatorial team of the first and second Moscow Biennials in 2005 and 2007. The 16th Istanbul Biennial is organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and sponsored by Koç Holding as well as other supporters, international funders, and funding bodies to be announced. The conceptual framework of the 16th Istanbul Biennial will be announced at a press meeting to be held in fall 2018.


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WORLD news International Tourism exceeds expectations in the first months of 2018 International tourist arrivals grew 6% in the first four months of 2018, compared to the same period last year, not only continuing the strong 2017 trend, but exceeding UNWTO’s forecast for 2018. Growth was led by Asia and the Pacific (+8%) and Europe (+7%). Africa (+6%), the Middle East (+4%) and the Americas (+3%) also recorded sound results. Earlier this year, UNWTO’s forecast for 2018 was between 4-5%. “International tourism continues to show significant growth worldwide, and this translates into job creation in many economies. This growth reminds us of the need to increase our capacity to develop and manage tourism in a sustainable way, building smart destinations and making the most of technology and innovation”, said UNWTO Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili. From January to April 2018, international arrivals increased in all regions, led by Asia and the Pacific (+8%), with South-East Asia (+10%) and South Asia (+9%) driving results. The world’s largest tourism region, Europe also performed strongly during this four-month period (+7%), pulled ahead by the destinations of Southern and Mediterranean Europe, and Western Europe (both +8%). Growth in the Americas is estimated at 3%, with strongest results in South America (+8%). The Caribbean (-9%) is the only subregion to experience a decrease in arrivals during this period, weighed down by some destinations still struggling with the aftermath of the hurricanes of August and September 2017. The limited information coming from Africa and the Middle East points to 6% and 4% growth, respectively, confirming the rebound of Middle East destinations and the consolidation of the growth in Africa. Confidence in global tourism remains strong according to the latest UNWTO Panel of Tourism Experts survey. The Panel’s outlook for the May-August period is one the most optimistic in a decade, led by the particularly upbeat sentiment in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Experts’ evaluation of tourism performance in the first four months of 2018 was also robust, in line with the strong results recorded in many destinations around the world. UNWTO to focus on 5 topics during 2018-2019 The city of San Sebastian, Spain hosted the 108th meeting of the Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) from 23-25 May. During the meeting, Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili obtained the support of this key governing body for the priorities that will set up the work of the organization for the coming years. Under Secretary-General Pololikashvili, who took office in January 2018, UNWTO will focus on five pillars for the period 2018-2019: innovation and the digital transformation; investments and entrepreneurship; education and employment; safe, secure and seamless travel; and social, cultural and environmental sustainability. In order to address new tourism challenges and trends and improve the business environment for the sector, the Organization will pay special attention to scaling up innovation and digitalization in the sector. This will lead to the creation of new job and business opportunities, an increase of investments in tourism, and enhanced competitiveness and sustainability for the sector. The Secretary-General also presented the Organization’s new leadership structure, put in place to increase efficiency in achieving UNWTO’s goals of adding value to members, increasing membership and serving the tourism sector as a whole. The 109th, 110th and 111th sessions of the UNWTO Executive Council will take place in Bahrain, Azerbaijan and Russia, respectively.

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World’s most expensive countries for expatriates The United Kingdom is no longer the most expensive country of the top-40 financial hubs for expatriate pay packages. According to an annual report conducted by global mobility experts, ECA International, the UK has fallen to second place behind Japan as the value of a typical pay package for an expatriate middle manager in the UK is now USD 344 508, a drop of USD 39 898 compared to last year. ECA’s MyExpatriate Market Pay report considers three main elements for analysing the appropriate middle manager pay packet in each country: the cash salary, benefits – to cover the cost of accommodation, international schools, utilities or cars – and tax. The report helps to assist companies relocating staff with benchmarking their packages against the market. Although dropping to second place, pay packages for expatriates in the UK are still costly for foreign companies, largely due to high accommodation costs and taxes. Taxes account for the largest single cost to companies in both Japan and the UK. Due to the dollar performing strongly against the Euro in 2017, most European countries dropped in cost of pay packages compared to the previous year. Sweden and Switzerland have dropped out of the top ten most expensive countries, and the pay package in France has dropped by USD 15 478. However, Italy saw the biggest drop in cost of pay packages and is now the cheapest European country of the top 40 financial hubs to send staff.

Asian nations on the whole continue to feature towards the top of the rankings, offering the highest overall packages to foreign workers. After Japan and the UK; India, China and Hong Kong complete the top five respectively. In the Americas, Argentina has seen a big jump in the average expatriate package. The overall pay package has risen by USD 11 256, with most of the increase being seen in the cash salary. There was little change seen in the Middle East, but expatriate salaries in the region remain some of the highest in the world – with Saudi Arabia and UAE in first and second place respectively when looking at the annual salary. However as there are no personal income taxes paid in Middle Eastern countries, all three nations continue to require cheaper total pay packages for expatriate staff than the majority of the top 40 financial hubs.

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WORLD news CTM’2018 to take place October 11th – 13th The 2nd Cambodia Travel Mart 2018 is going to be held in Phnom Penh Capital, which is the heart of the country that fills with Art, Culture & Commerce. Diamond Island Convention and Exhibition Center is a perfect exhibition hall to facilitate this Grand International Travel Trade Show on October 11th – 13th, 2018. Cambodia Travel Mart 2018 will be another mark in tourism sector where local and international buyers,suppliers, trade professionals and media partners meet and exchange the latest development of tourism industry in Cambodia. Its objective is to widely promote Cambodia and regional tourism potentials to the world by improving commercial relation on tourism sector with international companies as well as more package tours to Cambodia for maintaining tourist growth in order to achieve the projected 7 million inbound international tourists in 2020. The Cambodia Travel Mart 2018 “CTM” is Initiated; Supported and Organized by Ministry of Tourism cooperate with Slickbooth Events & Public Relations Company and collaborated with TTG Asia, whichis an international professional event organizer who has extensive experiences in tourism exhibitions events around the world. TTG will support CTM on buyers, media and business matching. Other than a business matching, CTM 2018 will be having more Sub-Event Functions that allowing both Sellers and Buyers expand more of their business networking though Networking Lunch, Dinner, Late Night Functions & so much more. Furthermore, “CTM” is supported by all local tourism associations including Cambodia Tourism Federation, Cambodia Association of Travel Agents, Cambodia Hotel Association, Cambodia Restaurant Association and Pacific Asia Travel Association. World Cup helps Russia's Travel and Tourism Industry According to a research by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), in conjunction with Oxford Economics, has shown Travel & Tourism revenues in Moscow are set to grow at an increasing pace of 6.6% per year in the years to 2026, with tourism spending purely by foreigners set to rise by 9.6% per year on average over the next decade. With less than two weeks to go before the 21st FIFA World Cup championship match, Russia has played host to an estimated one million fans attending matches in eleven cities across the country. Over a period of 4th June to 15th July 2018, data produced by ForwardKeys has shown +50.5% Y-o-Y increase of forward bookings for international arrivals in Russia. Major research from WTTC highlights the economic impact of Travel & Tourism in Russia, including: Travel & Tourism supported 3.3 million jobs in 2017 (4.5% of total Russian employment) By 2028 over 3.8 million jobs in Russia are forecast to rely on Travel & Tourism The Travel & Tourism sector grew by 3.2% in 2017, compared to growth of 2.2% in the wider Russian economy Travel & Tourism generates 4.8% of Russia’s GDP, equivalent to US$76billion (RUB 4,435billon) Russia is the 16th largest travel economy in the world International tourism spend in Russia is expected to grow 7% in 2018

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hotels Istanbul New Airport selects YOTEL IGA, the constructor and operator of Istanbul New Airport, and London-based hotel group YOTEL have signed an exclusive hotel management contract. The hotel will be one of the biggest airport hotels in the world with both airside and landside access to 451 rooms. Located inside the main terminal building, it will be easily accessible to business and leisure travelers, airline crew and businesses within the airport and local environment. “We are delighted to have chosen YOTEL as our new airport’s exclusive air and landside hotel operator”, said Kadri Samsunlu, CEO of IGA Airport Operation. “We are making history with Istanbul New Airport, already in its construction phase a multiple-world record-breaking project that is likely to change the transportation and aviation dynamics of a tri-continent region covering Europe, Asia, and Africa. In this connection, Istanbul New Airport will accelerate the growth of Turkish Airlines the flag carrier airline of the Republic of Turkey which flies to the most countries in the world. The inauguration of the New Airport is scheduled for October 29 this year and we look forward to hosting the world. YOTEL will introduce its clever design and use of technology in two zones – one airside (102 rooms) and one landside (349 rooms). Both parts of the new hotel will feature public spaces including YOTEL’s signature Club Lounge concept with smart vending, co-working and relaxing areas, wellness centers and planted glazed atriums to connect people with nature. In addition, the landside zone will include a restaurant, bar and 24/7 gym. The new hotel will also feature flexible meeting spaces with seamless technology, ideal for small or large, formal and casual meetings, conveniently located for airport businesses and passengers alike. Hyatt opens a new hotel in Istanbul's upscale Nişantaşı neighborhood Hyatt Hotels announced the opening of Nish Palas Istanbul as part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt. The 45-room boutique hotel is located in Nişantaşı, one of Istanbul’s oldest and upscale neighborhoods, and will mark the entry into Turkey for The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand. “We are thrilled to open a hotel in one of Istanbul’s most upscale and creative neighborhoods with an experience that embraces the city’s rich cultural history and charm,” said Cantekin Temizer, general manager of Nish Palas Istanbul. “With a team who is most knowledgeable and passionate about this area, we look forward to providing guests with an extraordinary and inspiring stay.” Providing guests with a space to call home, the charming 45-room boutique hotel will be the postmodern interpretation of a typical historical apartment, known as a “Palas.” Offering a sense of discovery for independentminded travelers in Istanbul, the hotel features a rooftop bar overlooking the Bosphorus strait, and a spa housing a traditional Hammam with locally inspired healing treatments. Taking cues from the local culture, Glens, the hotel’s restaurant and bar, will serve authentic Mediterranean cuisine. Nish Palas Istanbul will be the first property in Turkey for The Unbound Collection by Hyatt. Launched in 2016, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt is a global collection of unique and independent properties that promise to create story-worthy and shareable experiences for the modern traveler. Nish Palas Istanbul offers a flexible and functional meeting space of more than 750 square feet for up to 60 guests, with an additional private, pre-function space. Roof 8 offers a unique event space with a spectacular view of the Bosphorus strait and islands in the distance. The view at Roof 8 is perfect for product launches and fashion shows, as well as gala dinners and distinct celebrations.

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hotels Radisson Hospitality to open a new hotel in Istanbul Radisson Hospitality AB announced the signing of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Vadistanbul. The hotel will increase the group’s portfolio in Turkey to 23 hotels and 4,400 rooms in operation and under development. The hotel will open at the end of 2018 within the new upcoming business hub of Vadistanbul, located in the heart of Istanbul. Radisson Blu Hotel, Vadistanbul will have 195 rooms and suites. Facilities will include an all-day-dining restaurant, specialty restaurant and lounge café. The meeting facilities will include a 600sqm ball room and more than 300sqm of meeting room and boardroom space. The hotel will also include extensive leisure facilities, including a spa covering 330sqm with five treatment rooms and an indoor swimming pool. A gym and kids club will also form part of the leisure facilities. The hotel is located near to the key business district of Maslak, and is situated opposite the Turk Telecom Arena, one of Istanbul’s major sports stadiums. The hotel also has excellent accessibility through its proximity to the Trans European Motorway (TEM), the highway that connects Europe to Asia, as well as a connection to Seyrantepe metro station via monorail. The hotel is 20 km away from Ataturk International Airport and 30 km from Istanbul’s new airport, which is set to open by the end of 2018 also. Vadistanbul is a modern and dynamic residential project that includes a specially developed monorail system that has a direct connection to the metro system. Radisson Blu will be situated on the boulevard of Vadistanbul that will also be home to a fourth-generation shopping mall, 270 retail outlets and offices for 20,000 people. Vic3 Bangkok and The Duchess Hotel welcome Turkish travelers Vic3 Bangkok and The Duchess Hotel in Bangkok are looking forward to welcome Turkish travelers. Refreshingly modern and centrally located, Vic3 Bangkok offers a relaxed and comfortable stay in the vibrant Phaya Thai district. Conveniently located within walking distance to Sanam Pao Skytrain Station, getting to your desired destination is easily accessible – be it for sightseeing, entertainment or business. All 162 rooms are designed with contemporary fittings and furnishings to suit the taste and needs of discerning business and leisure travellers. All rooms feature multi-function work station, Wi-Fi connectivity, LCD TV with cable channels, and international multi-plug sockets. Make your stay perfect by indulging in relaxing recreation at the well-equipped fitness corner and outdoor swimming pool, followed by a feast at the “Love Eat Bistro”, all-day dining café. Named after the esteemed Victory Monument, the contemporary hotel is surrounded by multinational companies, government offices and popular leisure spots. Travelers can simply hop onto the BTS skytrain round the corner to travel all around Bangkok. The Duchess Hotel and Residences offers travelers luxurious living in the heart of Bangkok with well-appointed suites that has renowned standards of international style and services. With the convenience of a 10 min walk from the BTS Skytrain, the hotel provides travelers with modern, elegant and spacious apartments for an enjoyable and comfortable stay. The Duchess Hotel and Residence provides travelers with excellent accommodation with fully furnished suites for their comfort. The property has 165 suites, varying in areas from 28 square meters studios to 52, 59, 75 square meters. There are four two bedroom suites and two penthouse suites of 100 and 146 square meters respectively. 16  New Focus | July / August 2018


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airlines Air Arabia connects UAE with the Turkish city of Izmir Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) became the first airline to connect the UAE and the Turkish city of Izmir with a direct flight. Izmir, which is the third largest city in Turkey, joins Istanbul, Antalya, Bodrum, and Trabzon as the carrier’s fifth destination in the country. The flight operates twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays, departing Sharjah International Airport (SHJ) at 21:05 hours, and arriving the next day at Izmir’s Adnan Menderes International Airport (ADB) at 00:50 hours local time. The return flight departs Izmir at 01:30 hours, landing in Sharjah at 06:50 hours local time. Adel Al Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer of Air Arabia said “Turkey is a country with a true epitome of a cultural crossroad, and holds history that is as tangible and accessible as any of its modern-day attractions. We are immensely pleased to announce Izmir as our fifth destination in Turkey. Air Arabia’s goal will always be to allow passengers the ability to explore new destinations through affordable travel options. This new flight to Izmir is an exciting destination for residents in the UAE and GCC to visit just in time for the summer holidays.” Home to historic sites such as Ephesus and Pergamon, Izmir sits as a focal point of rich Turkish culture, history, and heritage on the Central Aegean coast of Turkey. Its swarmed bazaars, endless dining options, and an enchanting waterfront promenade cover sufficient grounds to earn it an accolade as Turkey's city of life. Pegasus Airlines launches non-stop Izmir - Kyiv flights Turkey’s low-cost carrier Pegasus Airlines launched direct non-stop flights from Turkey's Aegean city of Izmir to the Ukrainian capital city of Kyiv (Kiev). Turkish carrier's first flight is on July 9, 2018. Pegasus Airlines will connect Izmir's Adnan Menderes Aiport (ADB) with Igor Sikorsky Kyiv International Airport (Zhuliany) (IATA: IEV). The flights will depart from ADB at 23.50 and arrive Kiev at 02.15. Return flight will depart from Kiev 02.55 and arrive Izmir at 05.15. Izmir – Kyiv flights will be performed on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Fares start at US$54.99 pp one-way. Qatar Airways starts direct non-stop flight from Doha to Antalya The first flight to Antalya touched down at Antalya Airport on June 13. The flight marks Qatar Airways’ seventh gateway into Turkey, and is the third new Turkish route for the airline in 2018. The seasonal service to Antalya will be operated by an Airbus A320 until 30 September 2018. Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are delighted to launch direct services to Antalya, our seventh gateway into Turkey, only one day after we commenced direct services to the Turkish resort city of Bodrum. These new routes reinforce and deepen the already strong ties that exist between the State of Qatar and Turkey. Antalya is a major destination during the summer leisure season, due to its prime location on the country's beautiful Mediterranean coast. We are delighted to now be able to introduce holidaymakers to beautiful Antalya and all it has to offer.

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Qatar Airways’ new twice-weekly service to Antalya offers five-star comfort on its Airbus A320 aircraft, with 12 seats in Business Class and 132 seats in Economy Class. The seasonal service will be operated every Wednesday and Sunday until 30 September 2018. Qatar Airways now operates flights to seven destinations in Turkey, with separate services to Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport (twice a day) and Istanbul Ataturk Airport (10 times a week), Adana Airport (three times a week), Hatay Airport (three times a week) and daily flights to Ankara. The award-winning airline launched direct services to Adana in September 2017 and to Hatay in February 2018. The new twiceweekly services to Bodrum and Antalya increase the airline’s total weekly frequency to 82 flights a week between Turkey and the State of Qatar. Jet2.com to fly from Glasgow to Izmir Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have announced further details of its Summer 19 programme, with the launch of a new Turkish destination for the airline from Glasgow Airport to Izmir, Turkey. Izmir, Turkey, has been added in response to the huge demand for great value package holidays to Turkey. With over 9,000 seats and weekly services every Thursday, holidaymakers have plenty of choice when it comes to accessing popular family friendly resorts on the west coast of Turkey such as Kusadasi, Cesme, Ozdere and Seferihisar. Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said, "Turkey continues to see huge demand, so we are opening up more resorts on the west coast of this fantastic country, by adding flights and holidays to Izmir. We are hugely excited about Summer 19 when we will have thousands of 2-5-star hotels and a fleet of aircraft full of happy holidaymakers enjoying the VIP customer service that Jet2.com and Jet2holidays delivers.” Glasgow Airport’s commercial director Francois Bourienne said, “We are thrilled to add the brand new Izmir route to our busy destination list. This stunning coastal destination based on the Aegean coast is Turkey’s third largest metropolitan area, so it’s perfect for both city breaks and beach holidays". Expected net profit for airlines in 2018 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced its economic expectation for airlines to achieve by the end of 2018. IATA expects that airlines to achieve a collective net profit of $33.8 billion (4.1% net margin) in 2018. This is a solid performance despite rising costs, primarily fuel and labor, but also the upturn in the interest rate cycle. These rising costs are the main driver behind the downward revision from the previous forecast of $38.4 billion in December 2017. In 2017 airlines earned a record $38.0 billion (revised from the previously estimate of $34.5 billion). Comparisons to this, however, are severely distorted by special accounting items such as one-off tax credits which boosted 2017 profits. Profits at the operating level, though still high by past standards, have been trending slowly downwards since early 2016, as a result of accelerating costs. “Solid profitability is holding up in 2018, despite rising costs. The industry’s financial foundations are strong with a nine-year run in the black that began in 2010. And the return on invested capital will exceed the cost of capital for a fourth consecutive year. At long last, normal profits are becoming normal for airlines. This enables airlines to fund growth, expand employment, strengthen balance sheets and reward our investors,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

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airlines In 2018, the return on invested capital is expected to be 8.5% (down from 9% in 2017). This still exceeds the average cost of capital, which has risen to 7.7% on higher bond yields (7.1% in 2017). This is critical for attracting the substantial capital needed by the industry to expand its fleet and services. Outlook Drivers Costs: Inflation pressures are starting to emerge at this late stage of the economic cycle and airlines are facing significant pressures from rising fuel and labor costs in particular. We expect the full-year average cost of Brent Crude to be $70/barrel. This is up from $54.9/barrel in 2017 (+27.5%) and our previous 2018 expectation of $60/barrel. Jet fuel prices are expected to rise to $84/barrel (+25.9%). Fuel costs will account for 24.2% of total operating costs (up from a revised 21.4% in 2017). Overall unit costs are forecast to rise 5.2% this year, after a 1.2% increase in 2017; a significant acceleration Revenues: Providing some offset to accelerating costs is a strong revenue environment, as demand from passengers and shippers continues to expand well above trend, and pricing has turned positive. Overall revenues are expected to rise to $834 billion (up 10.7% from $754 billion in 2017). Unit revenues are expected to rise by 4.2% in 2018, lagging the 5.2% rise in unit costs. This will squeeze profit margins. Demand: Passenger air travel is forecast to expand by 7.0% in 2018. This is slower than the 8.1% growth recorded for 2017 but still faster than the 20-year average (of 5.5%) for the sixth consecutive year. Demand is getting a boost from stronger economic growth and the stimulus from new city-pair direct services. Capacity is expected to grow by 6.7% (the same pace as in 2017).The passenger load factor is expected to be 81.7%, up a little on 2017 (81.5%). Total passenger numbers are expected to rise to 4.36 billion (up 6.5% from 4.1 billion in 2017). Passenger yields are expected to grow by 3.2% in 2018 after a 0.8% decline in 2017. This will be the first year for strengthening yields since 2011, driven upwards by the 5.2% rise in unit costs. Cargo demand has benefitted from the largely unexpected acceleration in the growth of the global economy over the past year. As businesses rushed to respond, they turned to air transport to replenish inventory, producing strong air cargo growth in 2017. That restocking cycle has come to an end. Cargo demand is expected to grow by 4.0%. This is a major drop from the 9.7% growth experienced in 2017, but it remains in line with the 20-year trend growth rate. Total cargo carried is expected to increase to 63.6 million tonnes (from 61.5 million tonnes in 2017). Pharmaceuticals, e-commerce and other premium cargo services are expected to lead growth in 2018. Cargo yields are expected to improve by 5.1% (8.1% growth in 2017). Cash Flow: With over 1,900 aircraft expected to be delivered to airlines in 2018 (up from 1,722 in 2017), there will be a boost in capital expenditure. Since cash from operations will be squeezed by accelerating costs and capital spending is rising, free cash flows are expected to fall to around $4 billion. Key balance sheet ratios, such as net debt adjusted for operating leases/EBITDAR, have improved significantly since 2014. Further debt reduction is expected to be sufficient to stabilize this ratio in 2018. Risk factors: Growing uncertainty in the direction by which global affairs will evolve could present risks to the industry’s outlook. These include the advancement of political forces pushing a protectionist agenda, uncertainty following the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, lack of clarity on the impact of Brexit, numerous ongoing trade discussions and continuing geopolitical conflicts.

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North Cyprus welcomes tourists

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cover story Standing at the crossroads of three continents Cyprus has a vibrant history, a perfect climate and the warmest welcome in the Mediterranean. It has been a British playground for many years offering the perfect combination of relaxation, water sports and exciting exploration along its beautiful coastline, for Northern Cyprus too, has its share of rich archeological sites and medieval castles. It enjoys over 300 days of uninterrupted sunshine, clear blue unpolluted seas, the beauty of an unspoiled landscape and uncrowded beaches. Add to this the friendliness and hospitality of the people, wonderfully varied cuisine and you have the perfect recipe for a truly idyllic holiday. Whether you are a lover of nature, an archaeologist, a keen walker, a water sportsman or simply a sun-worshipper this little island is the ideal spot for you. Along the northern coast stretch the pine-clad Kyrenia Mountains sloping gently to the warm and tranquil waters of the Mediterranean. There are many good restaurants in the area, and picturesque Kyrenia harbour is the place to be in the evening. Famagusta in the east is famed for its endless sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters. It will come as no surprise that according to legend this island was given to Cleopatra by Julius Ceasar as a token of his love! There are many good restaurants in the area, and picturesque Kyrenia harbour is the place to be in the evening. Kyrenia Harbour... must be one of the most beautiful sights in the world. The climate of Cyprus is typically Mediterranean. Summers (June to September) are hot and dry; winters (November to March) are moderately rainy, with a mild temperature. Spring and autumn are warm and pleasant. The average annual temperature is 20°C (68°F). Summer temperatures average 30°C (90°F) with the coldest months of January and February 10°C (50°F). Two weeks in the paradise Day 1 Arrive in North Cyprus, unpack and settle in at your accommodation. Relax around the pool, check out the facilities and local area. You may need to acclimatise, the temperature can reach 30°C in the summer. Don’t forget to put on your sun protection! Why not head for a stroll in the picturesque Kyrenia Harbour in the evening? Soak up the atmosphere, the tranquil harbour houses plenty of bars and restaurants which are open late 7 days a week. Don’t miss out on this experience. The Time Out Cyprus Visitor’s Guide describes the harbour as “still being the most idyllic spot on the whole island of Cyprus, with intoxicatingly serene atmosphere!”. Day 2 Why not spend the day on the beach? Kyrenia has some excellent coastline, which is both clean and uncrowded. You may wish to use the facilities local to your accommodation, or why not visit one of the more exclusive Beach Club’s, such as the Escape Beach Club or Camelot Beach Club? The Escape Beach Club is situated on what is known locally as the “Landing beach”, the spot where many thousands of Turkish Troops entered Cyprus during the Peace Operation in 1974. This area is now landscaped with grass, flowers and fauna. The bar/restaurant serves delicious refreshments, and these can all be served while you relax without leaving your sun-bed. Relax and enjoy the sun & the sea. 24  New Focus | July / August 2018


In the evening, why not sample one of the local restaurants? Alternatively, why not spend the evening in one of the 5 star Hotel resorts? Most also house casinos where you can have a flutter, unsurprising since North Cyprus is known as the Monte Carlo of the eastern Mediterranean. The concentration of hotels & casinos is the Lapta area known it the name of “Little Vegas” amongst the local ex-pat community. Day 3 A visit to Saint Hilarion Castle in the Five Finger Mountains is a must. Not only does the castle provide breath taking views of the island, the mystical remains and hidden rooms and tunnels are yours to explore. The castle was rumour to be the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle, so why not take a bottle of water with you and say you’ve seen the original! The castle is open in the morning until 1pm in the summer months, so be sure to get there early. In the afternoon, you could return for relaxation around the pool.. Or you could visit Kyrenia Castle, which guards the entrance to the old harbour. This Venetian structure houses the Chapel of St. George, and a Lusignan dungeon. The shipwreck museum is also housed in the castle, where you can view the oldest shipwreck ever recovered in the world. The castle also hosts many events, during your stay you may get to experience a concert or play. From Turkish Pop Concerts, to Shakesphere’s Othello. Even the Bolshoi Ballet have performed here in the past! Day 4 After the sightseeing yesterday, a day of fun in the sun. Find your own beach, ask your accommodation reception what they recommend. Or why not visit the Acapulco Holiday resort, east of Kyrenia past Catalkoy? Entry into the complex costs 10YTL, and provides non-residential guests of the hotel use of the large outdoor swimming pool, several waterslides, a long sandy beach and the use of the indoor gym, Jacuzzi and sauna. There a various sporting activities outdoors in the summer months, including beach volley, tennis and basketball. In the evening, why not take a drive and discover your own restaurant? Find a restaurant that is busy with locals. The popularity of a restaurant amongst locals is the best recommendation and review you can get! Alternatively, if you’ve had enough activity for the day why not book a table at one of the restaurant in the old harbour? Day 5 The gothic abbey at Bellapais dates back to 1198, and is a must see landmark during your visit to North Cyprus. As well as the history of the Abbey itself, the area is also famous for past residents, which include Laurence Durrell who lived in the village during the 1950s. The idyllic days he described in his book “Bitter Lemons of Cyprus” may be long gone, but the “Tree of Idleness” remains. Like the castle in Kyrenia, the Abbey at Bellapais has also hosted world famous performers such as The Three Tenors, and hosts the annual North www.smpublication.com 25


cover story Cyprus Music Festival. You may wish to continue your site seeing, by continuing to Buffavento Castle which lies near the village of Arapkoy. It is the least well preserved of the three castles in Kyrenia, but is the highest at 940m above sea level and therefore provides impressive views of the island. Day 6 Spend the day relaxing around the pool, maybe taking some time out to visit Design 74 the pottery factory along the Kyrenia Coastal road in Karaoglanoglu. Here you’ll find many hand made souvenirs to take back home to your friends and family, or to keep as a moment of your time in North Cyprus. If you are more energetic, maybe you’ll try fishing, diving, kayaking or even quad biking. Maybe a stroll is more your style? Be sure to ask your fellow guests or hotel reception for recommendations. In the evening, why not visit one of the jazz clubs located in the larger hotels? Most hotels hold regular Cyprus Nights too, where you can sample local food and experience the islands folklore dancers, and maybe even a belly dancer. For those seeking livelier nightlife, they should head to the open air night club at the Escape Beach Club, where in the summer DJs are flown in from London to provide the latest in dance floor music. Day 7 The attractive village of Karmi (Karaman) nestled in mountains, just off the Karaoglanoglu Road, is arguable one of the most attractive villages in North Cyprus. Also known as the English Village, Karmi is home to many non-cypriots. The church which is open on Sundays (10.30 a.m. - 1 p.m.) is worth viewing, and houses the icon collection collected by residents from abandoned churches in the area. The village provides excellent photo opportunities and the blue entrance doors to the church have become synonymous with North Cyprus. The views of the coast from the village are a must, as is a refreshing drink or snack in either Karmi or its neighbour village Edremit. Day 8 The capital city of Nicosia is well connected to the coastal resort towns by dual carriageway. Taking the trip will provide both shopping opportunities, and also the opportunity to visit many places of historic interest, such as the Kyrenia Gate, Buyuk Hammam and Buyuk Han. Whilst in Nicosia, you will also see evidence of the continued division of Cyprus, as the border which separates the island crosses through the Capital. Designer brands such as Karen Millen & Burberry are made in factories in North Cyprus. One factory outlet store, Nalken, stocks the latest high street branded goods for a fraction of the price you’d pay back in the U.K. Imitations are also available in the old town market stores. The world famous “Buyuk Hammam”, are the old Turkish baths which were used during the Ottoman era. The baths were regarded as a social activity, and the Hammam was the place where news would be exchanged and even marriages arranged. You can treat yourself to a massage, followed by a sauna and bath, where you can be scrubbed and washed down by a highpressured jet. This practice is supposed to be good for the break up of cellulite and aids circulation. 26  New Focus | July / August 2018


Day 9 Take a drive to Famagusta, to visit the ancient ruins of Salamis. This most important ancient city of Cyprus remains the island’s most prominent archaeological site. There is much to see here including the mosaic paved gymnasium, fresco-adorned walls of the baths, amphitheatre and the Royal Tombs. Roman and Byzantine monuments decorate the site, which was the first place in Cyprus to mint coinage. The coast around Famagusta provides some impressive sandy beaches. You would be advised to take a dip in the see at either Glapsides near Salamis, or further down towards Famagusta town at the Palm Beach Hotel. Here you will also be able to see the closed city of Varosha, where the many Hotel towers of this once prosperous holiday resort remain empty. Day 10 A drive along the Karpaz Peninsula takes a number of hours, but is a journey well worth it if you want a couple of kilometers of sandy beach to yourself! As well as the exclusivity, the quality of beach would put some in the Caribbean to shame. If you fancy driving to the tip of Cyprus, the much celebrated Monastery of Apostolos Andreas lies on the sea front at the North Eastern tip of the island. Well worth a visit if you are in the Karpaz area. Stopping at Golden Beach in summer, will also offer the opportunity for you to witness the endangered and protected Caretta Caretta turtles laying their eggs in the beach. If you are really lucky, you may catch the moment when the baby turtles hatch from the carefully monitored eggs. The peninsula is ideal for cyclists and lovers of wild flowers. Untouched by development, if raw beauty is what you are looking for this is the place for you. Day 11 A number of organized boat trips leave from Kyrenia old harbour, and provide the opportunity for you to view the island from the sea. These trips provide the opportunity to view the island coast, not possible by car alone. Ample opportunity is provided to swim in the depths of the Mediterranean, and taking a snorkel is advisable.. The world’s oldest shipwreck was found off the shores of Cyprus. All day trips serve a BBQ fish lunch Day 12 The old walled city of Famagusta, the inspiration for Shakespeare’s Othello known as the Citadel still stands. During the 13th century, the city was the wealthiest on earth. Within the city walls lies the the Lala Mustafa Pasa Camii, which was formally St Nicholas Cathedral. This is one of the most spectacular Lusignan monuments in the town. Now a thriving university town, there are many shops and restaurants in the area which serve a variety of goods that you will not find back at home. The Glapsides beach, a 10 minute drive from the city is ideal for children & non swimmers. The sand is fine, and the crystal clear water calm and shallow for a considerable distance out. In the summer, Jet skis and pedaloes are also available for hire and the Glapsides bar hosts a disco www.smpublication.com 27


cover story Day 13 On your travels through North Cyprus, you have most probably seen a number of activities that may interest you. Why not spend the day Paragliding from St Hilarion? Or maybe Go-Karting at the rink? The 18 hole golf course at Esentepe is sure to keep you occupied for a number of hours. Paintballing, quad biking, clay shooting at Kyrenia Gun Club are all activities that you can try your hand at in North Cyprus. Why not try something different? Day 14 Relax around the pool or at the beach... Your 2 weeks holiday in North Cyprus is nearly over, and you will be returning home tomorrow. No doubt you too will return to North Cyprus like the many thousands of loyal followers have done over the years. Or may be you too have decided to buy a home in North Cyprus and return more frequently.. You wouldn’t be the first! How to go There are daily scheduled flights from major European capitals and from the major cities of Turkey to Ercan Airport in Northern Cyprus. Regular scheduled and charter flights to North Cyprus are provided by:Turkish Airlines, Pegasus, Atlasglobal, Onur Air, and other charter airlines. There are also ferryboats running from the Turkish ports of Istanbul, Antalya, Alanya, Mersin and Taşucu; from Haifa, Israel; and Lattakia, Syria to the North Cyprus ports of Famagusta and Kyrenia. Where to stay There are many hotels in North Cyprus for all budgerts. You can stay capitol Lefkosa or beach cities as Girne and Gazimagusa. You can also find beach resorts Guzelyurt aand Karpaz. This year many 5 star resort hotels opened at Karpaz Tourism Center. Passport & Visa Requirements The citizens of European Union (EU) nations, Turkey, USA, Canada, Mexico, Israel, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Australia, New Zealand do not require visa.  All other nationals should check their position with regard to passports and visas with the nearest Embassy or Office of Representative of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Visitors who do not wish to have their passports stamped by the authorities on arrival in North Cyprus may request a stamped visa form which is loosely inserted into the passport and removed on departure. For further information about North Cyprus and regarding visa requirements, please contact the nearest North Cyprus Embassy or Representative Office abroad.

Places of Interest Lefkoşa Lefkoşa (the northern half of what was, before 1974, Nicosia) is the capital city of north Cyprus. As with its southern counterpart, the old town is hemmed by Venetian walls, with the majority of Lefkoşa’s modern buildings and administrative machinery located outside the walls, and most tourist attractions to be found in the old town within the walls. Compared to the southern part of the city, Lefkoşa has noticeably less vitality, with the air more of a sleepy provincial town than a national capital. While the city feels safe, wandering in areas away from the centre is best avoided at night. Foreign tourists usually enter from the south through the Ledra Street crossing. Once across, you’re faced with an attractively pedestrianized area packed with shops, cafés and restaurants. Clear signposts indicate where the nearest attractions lie. Beyond here the main street – Girne Caddesi – leads north to the Girne Gate, the best place to start a walking tour of North Lefkoşa. If you’re short of time, though, it’s probably worth heading straight to the Büyük Han, a beautifully renovated sixteenth-century merchants’ inn. Museums to look out for include the Mevlevî Tekke and Lapidary museums and the Dervis Paşa Mansion, each worth an hour or so of your time. 28  New Focus | July / August 2018


cover story Other places of interest include the Samanbahçe Quarter, an early experiment in social housing, and the dishevelled but improving Arabhmet Quarter. Religious sites include the huge Selimiye Mosque, visible north and south of the Green Line. Beside it is the ornately Gothic Bedestan, once a Christian church, now a performance venue. Other sights, among them the National Struggle Museum, the Museum of Barbarism and of course the giant flags looming on the hillside behind the city, provide uncomfortable reminders of the island’s division. Must visit Sarayönü Square, Selimiye Mosque (St Sophia Cathedral), Arabahmet District, Arabahmet Mosque , Tanzimat Street, Kyrenia Gate, Mevlevi Tekke (Museum of Whirling Dervishes), The Bedestan, Sultan Mahmud II Library, Lapidary Museum, Great Khan (Inn), Kumarcilar /Gamblers Khan (Inn).

Gazimagusa The charming city of Gazimagusa (Famagusta), is second only to Girne in the north’s tourism league table. Like Girne it boasts an atmospheric old town surrounded by crumbling Venetian walls, a legacy of its strategic position facing the Middle East. Its shops, restaurants and cafés are threaded through and between the photogenic remains of churches destroyed or damaged during the Ottoman siege of 1570–71. Immediately to the south lies the ghost town of Varosha, once the heart of Famagusta’s tourist trade, now isolated by the Turkish invasion of 1974. To the north lie a clutch of historically important sites – ancient Enkomi/Alasia, the monastery of Apostolos Varnavas, the Royal Tombs, and above all ancient Salamis – and the miles of beaches that line Gazimağusa Bay. Confusingly, Gazimagusa is known by a host of different names. The city was renamed Gazimağusa (sometimes shortened to Mağusa) by the Turks in 1974, having been known as Famagusta, from 30  New Focus | July / August 2018


French (Famagouste) and Italian (Famagosta), since Lusignan/Venetian times. In Greek it is known as Ammochostos. Must visit The Walls of the Old City, Othello Tower & Citadel, Djanboulat’s Bastion & Museum, Porta del Mare (Sea Gate), Nestorian Church (of St George the Exiler), Period Houses of the Old City, Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque (St Nicholas Cathedral), Palazzo del Provedittore (the old Royal Palace) , Namik Kemal Dungeon & Museum, Sinan Pasha Mosque (Church of St Peter & Paul), Cathedral of St George of the Greeks, Church of St George of the Latins, Agios Ioannos Church & Icon Museum, St Barnabas Monastery & Museum, Ancient Roman city of Salamis, Bronze age settlement of Engomi-Alasia

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Girne Girne (still widely known by its Greek name Kyrenia or Keryneia) is the most beautiful town in Cyprus, owing to its ravishing harbour, mighty Venetian castle, and a backdrop of sharp and craggy mountains. It even has a pleasant climate, courtesy of those mountains, which bring cooler air and a greener landscape than in the rest of Cyprus. Following a lengthy period of street development and road works, Girne is now an easy city to navigate – the main approach road from the motorway ends in a central roundabout which is next to the main square Belediye Meydani and a large car park. It’s also the main public transport hub. From this roundabout, the city’s two main streets head east and west.

In addition to road improvements, the whole city centre and harbour area have been tidied up, with clutter removed, buildings painted and streets cobbled or block paved. Girne is a place that all visitors to the island should try to take in, for the day if not longer. Apart from the harbour and the castle, there’s much else hidden away amongst Girne’s steep serpentine alleys. The Anglican Church, the Cafer Paşa Camii, the Ottoman Cemetery and the Chrysopolitissa Church attest to the spiritual life of the town, the tiny Folk Art Museum and Icon Museum to its cultural life, and

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the Bandabuliya together with a host of shops to its commercial side. Finally, Girne’s numerous cafés and restaurants offer the opportunity to eat, drink and socialize with friendly locals, or just enjoy the views and the chance to people-watch in comfort. Must visit Kyrenia Castle, Ancient Shipwreck Museum , Buffavento Castle, St Hilarion Castle, Karmi , Necropolis of Karmi , Ancient city kingdom of Lambousa, Lapta (Lapithos), Karaoglanoglu (Ayyorgi, Ayios Yeoryios) , Picturesque village of Bellapais , Bellapais Abbey , Archeangelos Church & Icon Museum, Cypriot Folk Arts Museum, Sourp Magar Armenian Monastery, Antiphonitis Church

Guzelyurt The western part of north Cyprus is not much frequented by visitors, yet it’s easy to access following the opening of more crossing points from the south. The region’s main town, Guzelyurt, is worth a brief wander for its archeological museum and the Agios Mamas Church. But it’s the twin ancient sites of Soli and Vouni that are the real draw. Must visit Gemikonagi, Yesilirmak , St. Mamas Church and Icon Museum , Güzelyurt Museum of Archeology & Natural History , Pighades: A Bronze Age Settlement , Ancient city of Soli, Vouni Palace , Piri Osman Pasha Mosque

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Karpaz Famous for its wild donkeys and relatively little else, the Karpaz Peninsula (Kirpaşa) stretches for 70km, a tapering finger of land pointing northeast towards Turkey and Syria. One of the most sparsely settled places on the island, road improvements have now made it more readily accessible and holiday villages are springing up along its otherwise pristine beaches. Greek Cypriots also make pilgrimages here to visit Apostolos Andreas Monastery, near the peninsula’s tip. There is no fixed view on where Karpaz begins, but we’ve defined this area as east of Iskele/bogaz on the south coast, and Kaplica on its north coast. On this basis the atmospheric castle of Kantara falls within its boundaries. Must visit Iskele Icon Museum, Bogaz, Kantara Castle, Karpas peninsula, Apostolos Andreas Monastery, Kantara Castle, Nangomi Beach

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EXHIBITION - ttm pattaya

TTM- Tayland Travel Market bu yıl 13-15 Haziran tarihleri arasında 17. kez tekrarlandı ve ilk kez Pattaya’da gerçekleşti. 16 yıl Bangkok’da gerçekleştikten sonra, 2017’de Chiang Mai’a taşınan fuara bu yıl 60 ülkeden 300 uluslararası Buyer’ı konuk edildi. Bu buyerlardan 126’sı ilk kez TTM’e katıldı. Buyerlar Avrupa, Afrika ve Ortadoğu, Doğu ve Güney Asya, Pasifik ve Amerika’dan seçildi. Tayland’lı otel, acenta ve diger turizm kuruluşları temsilcilerinden oluşan 313 satıcı masasının 11’i komşu Mekong ülkelerinden oluştu. 300 buyer 3 gün boyunca Pattaya Ocean Marina Yacht Club bahçesine kurulan tente salonunda 313 satıcı ile B2B görüşmeler yaparak anlaştılar. Gündüz yapılan görüşmeleri akşamları Tayland mutfağından çok sayıda örneğin sunulduğu zengin eğlence ve gösterili davetler ile sürdü. İlk akşam Cartoon Network eğlence merkezinde ve ikinci akşam Beach Club adlı mekanda verilen "Chill at the Beach Party" gündüz yorgunluklarının dostluklar ile pekiştiği anları yaşattı. Pullman grubunun Pattaya Hotel G, bizim kaldığımız tesis olarak şehir merkezine yakın örnek bir resort oldu. Pattaya’nın beş yıldızlı tesislerine yerleştirilen diğer davetli buyerlar 16 Haziran’dan itibaren Tayland’ın çok sayıdaki farklı turizm yörelerine de post turlara katıldılar. Tayland Travel Mart (TTM)’a Türkiye’den yalnızca S&M Yayıncılık davet edildi.

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EXHIBITION - MTF Nakhon Phanom

26-29 Haziran tarihleri arasında Tayland’ın Nakhon Phanom kentinde gerçekleşen 10.MTF -Mekong Turizm Forum’u çeşitli info turları ile kapılarını kapadı. Bu yıl katılan toplam delege sayısı geçen yıla göre 26.5%, tüm Dünya’dan katılan medya 18%, yine tüm Dünya’dan konuşmacı olarak katılan akademisyen sayısı 14% artarken, bölge ülkelerinin turizm sektör temsilcilerinden gelen forum takipçisi de %20 arttı. Konuşmacı akademisyen ve konuların uzmanları bu yılın teması olarak belirlenen “Değişen seyahat, değişen yaşamlar” başlığı altında sadece Mekong ülkelerinde değil tüm Dünya’da artık sosyal medyanın, online pazarlamanın ve sürdürülebilir turizmin farklı turizm çeşitlerindeki değişimini ve turizm yaşamında etkilerini anlatıp, görsel ve istatistiki örnekler sundular. Film Festivali ile kısa turizm destinasyon tanıtım filmleri, reklam videoları ve Tayland’ın film turizmindeki atağı da konuşmalarda ele alındı. Nakhon Phanom üniversitesindeki ayrı bir salonda ve özel bir oturumda ele alınan “Mekong’un Fırsatları ve Plastik Kirliliği” tehlikesi de çok ilgi çeken bir oturum oldu. Dünya’da artan plastik kullanımına karşı ülkelerin plastiği öncelikle turizm sektöründen kaldırmak için çalışmalara başladıklarını belirttiler. Önümüzdeki 20 yıl içinde Avrupa ve Asya’da çok sayıda ülkenin plastiği yaşamdan tamamen kaldırma kararı aldıkları da ilgi çeken bir oturum oldu. Bizi üzen bir örnek de turistlerin Akdeniz’de kirliliği %40 arttırdığı yönündeki bilgiydi. MTF’un bu yıl plastik kullanımını azaltma görüşü doğrultusunda tekrardan defalarca doldurulup kullanılabilen küçük termosları katılımcı çantalarında anı olarak vermesi ilginç bir örnek promosyondu. Bu yıl ilk defa olarak forum merkezi dışında 8 ayrı konuda workshoplar yapıldı. Macera Turizmi, Gastronomy Turizmi, Eco Turizm, Kültürel Miras Turizmi, Fesival Turizmi, Wellness Turizmi, Organik Turizm ve Din Turizmi konuları ayrı ayrı çevre köylerde gerçekleşerek deneysel ve canlı workshop örnekleri olarak bir ilki gerçekleştirdiği için katılımcılar için çok faydalı çalışmalar oldu. MTF son gün sabah 4’lerde başlayan din turizmi gibi gün boyunca organize edilen çok sayıda fam trip ile sona erdi.

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destinasyon

Canlı tarih, Prag ! Mayıs ayının son çarşamba öğleden sonrasında yaklaşık 3 saatlik bir yolculuktan sonra Prag havalimanına vardık. Tahminlerimizin aksine oldukça sıcak bir hava vardı. Meterolijinin hava tahmininde hergün şimşekli yağmur göstermesine rağmen sadece 1 gün yarım saat kadar yağmur yağdı ve İstanbul’dan önce Prag’da yaza merhaba deme şansına sahip olduk. Slovakya ile Avusturya ve Polonya ile Almanya’nın ortasında bulunan Çek Cumhuriyetinin göz bebeği ve başkenti, Prag bugün bile o eski tarihi havasını koruyan arnavut kaldırımlı yolları, taştan görkemli binaları, muhteşem manzaralarıyla bizleri de kendine hayran bırakmayı başardı. Şanslıydık ki yanımızda Prag’lı arkadaşımız Marian’ın yönlendirmeleriyle lokal yerleri de keşfetme fırsatımız oldu. Tabi ki klasikleşmiş ve oldukça turistik yerleri de görmeden dönmedik. İlk olarak görkemli bir Roma Katolik kilisesi olan St. Vitus

Katedralini ziyaret ettik. 1344’te yapılmaya başlanan ve içinde Bohemya krallarının mezarlarınıda barındıran bu muazzam katedralin yapımı tam 600 yıl sürmüş. Gotik mimariye ilgi duyan herkesin mutlaka beğeneceği her açısından farklı fotoğraf karesi yakalanabilecek çok güzel bir katedral.

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Hiç şüphesiz Prag’da Vitava nehri üzerine kurulmuş köprüler arasında başı Charles Köprüsü çekiyordur. Hergün belkide 10binlerce turistin yürüdüğü bu köprü 516 metre uzunluğunda 13 metre yüksekliğindedir. Köprü üzerindeki heykelleri ve manzarayı izlerken, sokak sanatçılarının müzikleriyle yürüyüşünüzü renklendirebilirsiniz. Şehrin mimarisiyle birlikte en çok etkilendiğim özelliği ulaşım ağının oldukça konforlu oluşuydu. Şehrin heryerine erişimi olan tramvaylar sayesinde hem oldukça hızlı hemde temiz ve nezih bir şekilde gezme imkanı bulduk. Prag’da gidilmeye değer bir etkinlik olan klasik müzik konserini eski belediye binasında yaptık. Tarihi taş binanın içerisinde konsere gitmek oldukça keyifli ve yapılmaya değer bir aktivite oldu. Hemen dışındaki kafesinde oturup gelen geçeni seyrederken lezzetli tatlılarından denemenizi de tavsiye ederim. Tatlı demişken heryerde görebileceğiniz oldukça popüler hamur tatlılarını “trdelnik”, eğer hamurlu tarçınlı tatlılar seviyorsanız mutlaka es geçmeyin derim. Prag’ın klasikleşmiş yemeklerinin en lezzetli versiyonlarını yiyebileceğiniz bir restoran olan Tiscarna’da belki de tek turist bizdik. Önden yumurtalı asparagus ve ana yemek olarak da klasik etli gulaş tercih ettim ve çok memnun kaldım, nispeten soğuk kış günlerinde yemenin daha keyifli olabileceği ağır bir yemekti fakat mutlaka Prag’da hangi mevsim olursanız olun denemeniz gereken bir lezzet olduğuna inanıyorum. Son olarak mutlaka görülmeye değer kafelerinden biri olan 1884 yılında açılmış olan Cafe Slavia. Bu tarihi kafede de en azından bir kahve içmenin bile keyfi ayrı. Atmosferi ve tatlılarıyla keyifli bir öğleden sonra geçirmek için mutlaka uğranmaya değer mekanlardan.

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İçerdeki Victor Oliva tablosu olan “The Absinthe Drinker” ‘ıda görmeden dönmeyin:) Eğer Prag’da 3 günden fazla kalıyorsanız yakındaki küçük kasabalara veya farklı şehirlere de günübirlik turlar düzenleniyor ve zamanınızı daha farklı, yeni yerler görerek geçirmek isterseniz bu turlara katılmak oldukça ekonomik ve zamandan tasarruf olacaktır. Biz merkezi bohemyanın eski kraliyet şehri olan, Unesco listesinde yer alan Prag’dan tren ile 1 saat mesafedeki sakin bir kasabaya gitme fırsatı yakaladık. Kutna Hora, yani kemikli kilise, adını, şehrin tren istasyonuna 10 dakika yürüme mesafesinde olan, içi 40 bin insan kemikleriyle

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süslenmiş kilisesinden alır. Unesco korumasında bulunan dükkanların ve kafelerin olduğu bu kasaba da ilk çek parası da basılmıştır. Günübirlik bir gezi için oldukça mistik bir yerleşim yeri olan Kutuna Hora’daki en popüler binalardan biri de 1300’lü yılların sonlarında kurulan Aziz Barbora kilisesidir. İçerisinde duvar resimleri, heykeller ve Ortaçağ ile Rönesans dönemine ait birçok eser bulunur.(Ozge Tore)

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bülten Ilk 5 ayda turist artışı %30.8 Türkiye’ye gelen yabancı ziyaretçi sayısı mayıs ayında yüzde 27.3, yılın ilk beş ayında yüzde 30.8 artış gösterdi. Turizm Bakanlığı verilerine göre, mayısta gelen ziyaretçi sayısı 3,68 milyon kişi olarak gerçekleşti. Yabancı ziyaretçi sayısı ocak-mayıs döneminde ise yüzde 30.8 artışla 11.46 milyon kişiye ulaştı. Yılın ilk beş ayında Türkiye’ye en çok ziyaretçi gönderen ülkeler sıralamasında ise 1 milyon 388 bin kişiyle Rusya ilk sırada. Rusya’yı 1 milyon 108 bin kişiyle Almanya, 980 bin kişiyle İran ve 854 bin kişiyle Gürcistan izledi. Mayıs ayında Türkiye’yi ziyaret eden yabancıların, 137 bini deniz yoluyla, 3 milyon 834 bini havayoluyla, 921 bini karayoluyla ve üç bini tren yoluyla giriş yaptı. İstanbul’da 4 turistten 1’i Arap Türkiye Otelciler Birliği (TÜROB) tarafından yapılan değerlendirmeye göre, Ortadoğu bölgesinden ülkemize 2018 yılında gelecek turist sayısında çift haneli artış trendinin sürmesi öngörülüyor. TÜROB’un Körfez bölgesi ağırlıkta olmak üzere Ortadoğu pazarıyla ilgili hazırladığı raporda, bölgeden Türkiye’ye gelen turist sayısında son iki yılda çok yüksek oranlı artışlar yakalandığına dikkat çekildi. Bu yıl ilk 3 ayda yüzde 45 gibi ciddi bir artış kaydedeildiği, Ramazan ayında da özellikle İstanbul’a gelen Arap turist sayısında hızlanma gözlendiği belirtilen raporda, “2018 yılında Ramazan ayı öncesi ve özellikle sonrasında bölgeden ülkemize talepte beklendiği gibi artış gerçekleşti” denildi. 2017 yılında Ortadoğu bölgesinden ülkemize gelen turist sayısının bir önceki yıla göre yüzde 44 oranında artarak 3.6 milyona çıktığı hatırlatılan raporda, “2018 yılı Ocak-Mart döneminde bölgeden gelen turist sayısı  yüzde 45 artışla 703 bine ulaştı. İstanbul’a gelen toplam ziyaretçi sayısı içinde Arap ülkelerinden gelen ziyaretçilerin payı istikrarlı artışını sürdürüyor. 2010’da İstanbul’da toplam ziyaretçiler içinde yüzde 10 olan Arap turistlerin payı 2017’de tüm zamanların rekoru ile yüzde 24.3’e yükseldi. Lüks konaklama tesislerinin fazlalığı ve zengin Arap turistlerine hitap eden lüks alışveriş imkanı nedeniyle İstanbul, Arap turistlerin ilk tercihi oluyor. İstanbul’un yanı sıra Bursa, Bolu, Abant, Yalova, Giresun ve Trabzon gibi yerler de hem gezmek hem de yerleşmek için Arap turistlerin diğer favorileri arasında yer alıyor” ifadelerine yer verildi. Futbol ve seçim de turizmin hızını kesemedi Rusya’daki Dünya Futbol Şampiyonası ile24 Haziran’da gerçekleşen Cumhurbaşkanlığı ve milletvekilleri seçimleri turizmi çok etkilemedi. Turizmde bu yıl Türkiye 40 milyon, Antalya ise 14 milyon turist bekliyor. Turizm sektörü temsilcileri, seçim ve Dünya Futbol Şampiyonasının turizmin hızını kesemediğini söyledi. Bu yıl yeni rekorlara koşan Türkiye turizminin başkenti Antalya bu başarıda en büyük pay sahibi oldu. Haziran ortası itibariyle 4 milyon rakamını aşmayı başaran ve bu yıl 14 milyon hedeflenen turizm kentinde, Rusya ve Almanya pazarlarındaki ciddi orandaki artışlar sektörü sevindirdi. Türkiye bu yıl 40 milyon, Antalya ise 14 milyon turist bekliyor. Rusya’da internetten tur satışı lideri Türkiye Rusya’da Moskova, St.Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Samara, Kazan gibi büyük kentlerde turistik turlar için internet üzerinden yapılan rezervasyonların sayısının giderek azaldığına işaret ediliyor. Türkiye, bu beş kentte de internetten yapılan tur paketi rezervasyonlarında ilk sırada yer almaya devam ediyor. Ratanews.ru’nun çeşitli verilere dayanarak oluşturduğu tabloya göre, Moskova’da internet üzerinden en fazla Türkiye turları (yüzde 42) satın alınıyor.

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bülten Türkiye’nin payı bu sıralamada St.Petersburg’da yüzde 32, Yekaterinburg’da yüzde 54, Samara’da yüzde 70, Kazan’da yüzde 78. Bu kentlerde internet üzerinden satın alınan tur paketlerinde farklı destinasyonların payları şöyle sıralanıyor: MOSKOVA Türkiye: %42 Yunanistan: %10 Rusya: %10 Kıbrıs: %9 Tunus: %7 Tayland: %5 ST.PETERSBURG Türkiye: %32

Rusya: %20 Yunanistan: %13 Tunus: %10 Bulgaristan: %6 Kıbrıs: %6 YEKATERİNBURG Türkiye: %54 Rusya: %17 Kıbrıs: %8

Tayland: %4 Tunus: %4 Karadağ: %4 Yunanistan: %3 SAMARA Türkiye: %70 Rusya: %14 Tunus: %4 Kıbrıs: %3

Abhaziya: %2 Yunanistan: %2 KAZAN Türkiye: %78 Rusya: %9 Kıbrıs: %4 Tunus: %4 Yunanistan: %3 Azerbaycan: %1

(Turkrus) Türkiye Festivali 10-12 Ağustos‘da Moskova’da Kültür ve Turizm Bakanlığı’nın desteği, Türkiye Otelciler Federasyonu’nun (TÜROFED) koordinasyonunda, TÜRSAB, TUREB, TTYD, TÜROB, valilikler, belediye başkanlıkları kalkınma ajanslarının katkıları ve özel sektörün katılımıyla organize edilen Türkiye Festivali’nin ikincisi 10-12 Ağustos 2018 tarihlerinde Moskova’da gerçekleştirilecek. Geçen sene, 153 bin kişinin ziyaret ettiği festival, yine Moskova’nın popüler parklarından Krasnaya Presnya’da yapılacak. Türkiye, Rus halkı ile buluşacakKrasnaya Presnya Parkı’nda konser, gösteri, gastronomik ve kültürel sunumların yapılacağı Türkiye Festivali, üç gün boyunca Rus halkı ile buluşacak. İlki 2017 yılında yapılan ve Rus halkı tarafından büyük bir ilgi gören Türkiye Festivali, bu sene de Türkiye’nin kültürel ve bölgesel değerlerinin yanı sıra Türk misafirperverliğini Rusya Federasyonu’na taşıyacak. Türkiye ve Rusya Federasyonu ilişkilerine katkı sağlamak, Türk kültürünün Rusya Federasyonu’ndaki tanıtımına destek olmak, Türkiye’deki turistik destinasyonları tanıtmak, Türkiye’nin ticari ürünlerinin tanıtımına katkıda bulunmak ve Türk misafirperverliğinden örnekler sunmayı amaçlayan Türkiye Festivali, 150 binin üzerinde ziyaretçi ağırlamayı hedefliyor. Geçtiğimiz sene yapılan ve 153 bin ziyaretçi ağırlayan festivalin, bu sene ziyaretçi rekoru kırması bekleniyor. Türkiye için önemli bir organizasyonKonu hakkında bir açıklama yapan TÜROFED Yönetim Kurulu Başkanı Osman Ayık, Türkiye’nin iki ana pazarından biri olan Rusya Federasyonu’nda yapılacak Türkiye Festivali’nin turizm adına önemli bir organizasyon olduğunu söyledi. Ayık: “Rusya pazarı, Türkiye için çok büyük bir önem taşıyor. Dolayısı ile bu pazardaki reklam ve tanıtım çalışmalarımızın hiç kesilmeden devam etmesi gerekiyor. TÜROFED olarak Rusya Federasyonu’ndaki tanıtım çalışmalarına katkı sağlamak için çalışmalarımıza devam ediyoruz. Geçtiğimiz sene ilkini yaptığımız ve Rus halkı tarafından büyük ilgi gören Türkiye Festivali’nin ikincisi ile yine 150 binin üzerinde ziyaretçi ağırlamayı hedefliyoruz” dedi. Geçen sene yapılan Türkiye Festivali’nin sonuç raporunu da açıklayan Başkan Ayık, “Geçen sene festivalimizi yaklaşık 153 bin kişi ziyaret etti. Festival kapsamında 200 şanslı aileye Türkiye tatili hediye ettik. Ayrıca festival için yapılan tanıtım çalışmalarıyla (Reklam, PR ve sosyal medya) milyonlarca kişiye ulaştık. Festivalimizi 200’ün üzerinde basın mensubu ve blogger takip ederken yapılan PR çalışmalarının maddi değeri ise 4.2 milyon Euro’dur. Tüm bu rakamlar Türkiye Festivali’nin ne kadar doğru bir tanıtım çalışması olduğunu ortaya koyuyor” şeklinde konuştu. “Rusya pazarından daha fazla pay alabiliriz”Osman Ayık, organizasyonda tanıtım çalışmaları yapmak isteyenleri de Türkiye Festivali’ne davet etti. Ayık, açıklamalarına şöyle devam etti: “Yapacağımız festival, gelecek seneler için Türkiye’nin Rusya Federasyonu’ndaki gücünü daha da artıracaktır. Türkiye’ye gelmeyen 46  New Focus | July / August 2018


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