Prof. Dr. Mustafa Şentop, Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, chaired the 4th session titled "Sustainable tourism as the locomotive of growth and social inclusion" organized within the scope of MIKTA Speakers’ Conference. 08.11.2019

Parliament Speaker Mustafa Şentop, described Turkey's tourism vision by saying "Turkey, in terms of the number of visitors in the world of tourism ranks 6th. We expect to close the year 2019 in the light of the available data hosting about 52 million foreign visitors. Our 2023 target is 75 million tourists and 65 billion dollar tourism income”.

Speaker Mustafa Şentop stated that "It is not a priority target to raise the number of tourists for Turkey. We, as a country, are going to establish a tourism model that will not ignore the eco-tourism elements by expanding alternative types of tourism”.

Mustafa Şentop, who stressed that Turkey is equipped with resources and equipment that can serve all types of tourism with its location, current capacity and its cultural and ecological heritage continued his speech “As a country, we prefer to use our will for quality, sustainability and responsibility for future generations. Turkey’s primary goal is not to raise the number of tourists in Turkey. As a country, we are implementing a tourism model that does not ignore the elements of eco-tourism by spreading alternative tourism types”.

Şentop who emphasized Göbeklitepe, the oldest known temple in the world and Hagia Sophia, said: “It is our debt to transfer to future generations namely Hagia Sophia which is one of the most important monuments of the history of the world that has survived to the present day and İstanbul that has been capital to three empires and many tangible and intangible cultural heritage that I cannot count here.” 

Şentop, Speaker of the GNAT said Turkey is a tourism destination with a high tourism potential with its suitable climatic characteristics, natural landscape values, traditional life style where rural elements gain weight, as well as mountaineering / climbing, hiking, flora / fauna and areas suitable for extreme sports.