RAMADAN 2013

Turkish Airlines attracts GCC with ‘Ramadan in Istanbul’ drive

A mayha, a traditional Ramadan sign in Turkey, reading “hold the fast, find good health” hangs between the minarets of a mosque in Istanbul. (File photo: Reuters)

Turkish Airlines, the national carrier of Turkey, is promoting the Turkish capital to GCC residents as a Ramadan destination with its “Ramadan in Istanbul” campaign, The Saudi Gazette reported on Saturday.

The campaign offers special promotional fares from Abu Dhabi to Istanbul throughout the month of Ramadan, and emphasizes the cultural and culinary attractions of the city.

Turkey is a popular destination year-round for Muslim GCC travelers, especially during Ramadan.

“Strong efforts in promoting Halal tourism and significant religious and cultural similarities running deep between Turkey and the Middle East have always been strong driving factors behind the yearly expected heavy influx of GCC tourists,” Sedat Gonulluoglu, Turkish Cultural and Information Attaché in Dubai told Middle East business website Ame Info.

Last year's official figures from the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism revealed significant growth rates of 80.34% from the U.A.E, 107.81% from Bahrain, 104.32% from Kuwait, and 101.0% from Qatar compared to the year before and the trend is expected to continue this year.

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Last Update: Sunday, 28 July 2013 KSA 13:11 - GMT 10:11
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