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Mayor Demir to Speak at World Tourism Forum


absmiddle Yazdır   -A | A+ 08.02.2016
"I know about the works of Municipality of Istanbul for the cruises. Our Metropolitan Municipality is making efforts to make our Historical Peninsula a better place without spoiling its view.” “If your neighbor is on fire, you will get your share even if it is just a spark. I see what Southeast has been through as a spark of the great fire at our elbow. Istanbul is irreplaceable, we will do our share. Terrorism is just a temporary threat if tourists are happy to come.” “Our cities Mardin, Diyarbakır, Urfa are at the heart of history, religion tourism and cultural tourism. They have a really high potential. We pray that terrorism comes to an end in no time.”

Mayor of Fatih Municipality, Fatih Demir, told us that he knew about the works of Municipality of Istanbul for the cruises. He said “Our Metropolitan Municipality is making efforts to make our Historical Peninsula a better place without spoiling its view.”

Demir, on the second day of World Tourism Forum held at Istanbul Lütfi Kırdar International Convention and Exhibition Center, stated that Istanbul is a bridge between civilizations and added “If we want peace, friendship and a better future for our children, if we want the world to be a better place, let’s meet up. We have to see every cultural difference as a common richness and value of us and the humanity. As people come together and get to know each other, they love each other. That is how law is established and confidence is prevailed.”

Demir, underlining that it is possible to see the sustainability in tourism in all the strategies and on all levels as seen on the policies of Turkey, stated that Turkey aims to be in top 3 list of world’s most visited countries with 60 million tourists in year 2023 and it is highly realizable to achieve this aim.

- "Heaven forbid falling into the web of the bureaucracy of Europe.”

Demir spoke about Fatih’s tourism and answered the questions of the participants.

In response to a participant’s question on the troubles disabled people have with the pavements, Demir told that these problems are being taken into account on applications.

In response to another question on the mess of signboards, Demir told that they are restoring historical artifacts, renovating façades of the buildings around them with support from the university and they are working with Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality on this matter.

A participant, who stated that he came from Mardin, said “We are waiting to welcome you all to Mardin. Please do not let terrorism capture us.” In response to that, Demir said “Our cities Mardin, Diyarbakır, Urfa are at the heart of history, religion tourism and cultural tourism. They have a really high potential. We pray that terrorism comes to an end in no time.”

People asked Demir how these restorations are being financed. Demir said “We ourselves are making these renovations. Heaven forbid falling into the web of the bureaucracy of Europe.”

After reminding that some cruise tours were cancelled after the explosion at Sultanahmet, Demir said “I believe these explosions are just temporary. This is also a trouble for the world. We are so close to the trouble. If your neighbor is on fire, you will get your share even if it is just a spark. I see what Southeast has been through as a spark of the great fire at our elbow. Istanbul is irreplaceable, we will do our share. Terrorism is just a temporary threat if tourists are happy to come. I know about the works of Municipality of Istanbul for the cruises. Our Metropolitan Municipality is making efforts to make our Historical Peninsula a better place without spoiling its view. As people living in Istanbul, we have been through a lot of things. We will get over these. Let me admit something; I believe in Istanbul more than I believe in myself.