Add Date : 27.07.2011 11:05
‘The Turkish Motherland will not hesitate to support us until we overcome our problems and find a healthy structure,' says Northern Cyprus Prime Minister İrsen Küçük. DHA photo
Turkey will continue to support northern Cyprus, especially in the tourism sector, as the territory’s government struggles to overcome economic hardships, Prime Minister İrsen Küçük has said.
“The Turkish Motherland will not hesitate to support us until we overcome our problems and find a healthy structure,” Küçük said during a meeting of the Marmara Group Strategic and Social Research Foundation in Istanbul.
Calling on Turkish tourism companies to invest in businesses on the island, Küçük said the tourism business there had been negatively affected because northern Cyprus is not recognized internationally.
The tourism facilities in the country are operating at only 37 percent capacity, he said.
The northern Cypriot government is supporting tourism investments, Küçük said. “If these investments start to create positive results, our economic problems will end and new horizons will open for us. This is why I invite all of you to support us to raise investments in northern Cyprus.”
Turkey and the northern Cyprus are working together to launch direct international flights, he said.
"The number of passengers arriving in northern Cyprus has increased by 13 percent and the number of tourists staying there has risen by 9 percent since we came to power. There is great cooperation in the tourism sector between Turkey and northern Cyprus," Küçük said.
They aim to direct an important portion of 10 million annual travelers in Turkey to northern Cyprus, he said.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
ISTANBUL - Anatolia News Agency