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(ECO) ANTALYA HOSTS 22ND INTERNATIONAL HOTEL EQUIPMENT FAIR.

ANTALYA, Jan 20, 2011 (TUR) -- The 22nd International Hospitality Industry Equipment & Decoration Exhibition (International Hotel Equipment Fair) began in Turkey's southern province of Antalya on Wednesday.

Turkish Environment & Forestry Minister Veysel Eroglu, who attended the inauguration of the fair, said that the government declared 2011 as the investment year for Antalya, adding that they wanted to make Antalya be the capital of tourism in the world.

Eroglu said that the target of hosting 10 million tourists should be increased to 15 million by 2012. He added that tourism income increased from eight billion USD to 22 billion USD, and he expressed belief that this figure would reach 25 billion USD in 2011.

Noting that renovation in hotels was a must, Eroglu said that it was also necessary to exert efforts to extend tourism to 12 months.

Eroglu said that 345 companies would attend the fair which would continue till January 22, adding that 3,027 trademarks would be exhibited, and 30,000 people were expected to visit.

Hotel Equipment Fair is visited by sector professionals from tourism establishments including hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars, hospitals, military, universities, hostels and other commercial establishments that offer hospitality and accommodation services. Today, Hotel Equipment Fair is considered as one of the most important meeting points for all leading companies, professionals and buyers in the sector.

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