Turkey has garnered praise from the United Nations for its tourism
Secretary-general of the World Tourism Organisation Taleb Rifai said Turkey’s move to allow Russian tourists to enter with a visa upon arrival has seen arrivals from Russia double.
|Tourists wait patiently to enter Turkey.|
Speaking at a UN conference on crime, Rifai said other countries need to consider their future tourism policies. With China set to become the world’s top tourist supplier by 2016, countries need to decide how easily they will allow the millions of potential tourists to move across borders, he said.
He added that for every 48 new tourist arrivals one job is created in Turkey. The country attracted 31.46 million tourists in 2011 – an increase of almost 10 per cent on 2010. More than $23 billion was spent last year by tourists.