The Turkish industry and technology minister was in Turkey’s scenic Cappadocia region on Monday to ride the country’s first domestically-made hot air balloon.

Mustafa Varank inspected the vessel produced by Turkish firm Pasha Balloons operating in the region.

After piloting the balloon over the region’s unique fairy chimneys, Varank underlined the contribution of the ballon tours to the local tourism sector.

“Millions of euros will now remain in our country,” he said, referring to the balloons’ domestic production.

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