Turkey’s efforts to revitalise cruise tourism in the country continue and it is making moves to eliminate the lack of ports, one of the biggest problems facing the sector. A tender for the new cruise port to be built in Istanbul’s coastal neighborhood of Yenikapı is set to held by the end of the year, the culture and tourism minister announced yesterday.
The cruise project will be tendered by the Transport and Infrastructure Ministry, Mehmet Nuri Ersoy told reporters on the sidelines of his visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Turkey aims to make Istanbul one of the major cruise centers in the Mediterranean region, while it also seeks to increase its share in global cruise tourism, which is reported to have an annual turnover of $35 billion, to approximately $1.5 billion.
“It is of the capacity to host 5-6 cruise ships at the same time. If we can complete the tender by the end of the year, it seems it will reach the 2021 season,” Ersoy said.
Speaking of the project in late November last year, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Cahit Turhan said a 3,000-meter dock will be constructed for two berths and eight cruise ships within the scope of the project. Furthermore, a 30,000-square-meter passenger lounge and a marine terminal capable of holding 500 yachts at once will be built on an area of 120,000 square meters.
It was also reported that when construction of the port is completed, approximately 3 million tourists are expected to come to Istanbul. Their expenditure on guidance and transport services, coupled with the cruise ships’ refueling, food and beverage costs, port costs and the taxes to be collected, will help invigorate the national economy.
Elaborating on the latest tourism figures, Ersoy pointed to the increase in the number of tourists and income in the first quarter of this year.