TURKEY - May 5 - Growth In Tourism.
The Tourism Ministry has said foreign visitor numbers rose 15.4% in
the first quarter of 2001 to 1.29m people. It expects 12m visitors in
2001, bringing in $10 bn (compared with 10m visitors in 2000 who brought
in $7.6m). Hussein Baraner, the board director of Oger Tours, the main
tour operator catering German tourists, says: "We hope to carry 1.5
million passengers, against 1.16 million last year, which was already a
good season". (In 2000 visitor numbers rose 38.8%, compared to
1999, a year marked by the arrest of Abdullah Ocalan and an earthquake that claimed 20,000 lives in the northwest). Economy Minister Kemal
Dervis has forecast that the tourism industry will be among the first to
recover following a 40% drop in the value of the lira against the dollar
since Feb. 2001.