MUGLA, Turkey

As the summer season is ongoing, Turkey’s annual target of attracting 25 million tourists and making $20 billion revenue remains unchanged, the minister of culture and tourism said on Friday.

Mehmet Nuri Ersoy spoke to journalists after a meeting with representatives from tourism resorts in the coastal town of Marmaris in the southern Mugla province, on the country’s current progress and tourism goals for 2021.

He said tourism goals are on track as the country is expected to have reached the tourist count up to 12.5 million by the end of July, with the number expected to rise in August and September.

If things go according to the plan, the minister asserted that the tourist and revenue target will be met.

To a question on the ongoing wildfires, Ersoy said they are contained in Marmaris and efforts are underway to put out the fire. It is also important to repair the damaged green areas, he added.

*Writing by Ali Murat Alhas

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