Cruise tourism to develop in north-western Turkey

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Cruise tourism will develop in Ordu province in north-western Turkey, Trend reports referring to the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

The province has great tourism potential, and there is also a port that can accept cruise ships, according to the ministry.

“The development of cruise tourism will positively affect the development of the province as a whole,” the ministry said.

During the first seven months of 2019, 5,300 foreign tourists visited Ordu province, which accounted for 0.02 percent of the total number of tourists visiting Turkey for the reporting period of 2019.

“In January-July 2019, 1,200 tourists arrived in Ordu province by sea, which makes 2.6 percent of the total number of tourists visiting this province for the reporting period,” the ministry said.

Some 6.617 million tourists visited Turkey in July 2019, which is 16.67 percent more compared to July 2018.

During the reporting period, 1.6 million tourists visited Istanbul, while 2.5 million tourists visited Antalya.

According to the ministry, in January-July 2019, 24.6 million tourists visited Turkey, which is 14.11 percent more compared to January-July 2018.