Turkish tourism expects major rise prior to potential Istanbul 2020 Games
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(SFC) Turkey’s 2023 Master Plan expects nearly 48.5 million international visitors by the year 2020, up from 2012’s 33 million.
The rise in tourists is a boost to the Istanbul 2020 Olympic Games Bid, as it would see an increase in ticket, licensed product and merchandise sales, as well as increased attendance at events like the Opening Ceremony.
Istanbul’s Bosphorus Stadium would hold a record 70,000 audience for the Opening Ceremony, with another half-million people along the banks of the strait.
Bid partner Turkish Airlines has seen a 26% increase in passengers carried in the first six months of 2013, and it plans to expand its fleet from 228 aircraft to 415 aircraft by the time the Opening Ceremony of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games gets underway. Turkish Airlines, along with the other six Istanbul 2020 partners, have provided the largest private-sector investment in Turkey’s sports bid history.
“These latest figures on tourism and from Turkish Airlines prove that Turkey continues to be a growth market ready to welcome the world for an extraordinary Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020,” Istanbul 2020 Chief Executive Officer Ali Kiremitcioglu said. “Istanbul has the infrastructure and the capacity to ensure that the Olympic Family and the millions of international visitors will enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience during the Games in 2020.”
Istanbul is bidding against Madrid and Tokyo to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games. The International Olympic Committee will announce the Host City at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires 7 September.
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