During 2017 Indian travel agency representatives will be visiting Turkey to see for themselves which areas; in particular the province of Mugla, could be a destination to host Indian weddings in the future. More than 250 agencies will descend on Turkey and Antalya is the location that they have set their sights on. Turkey is keen to tap into this undeveloped market and truly believes that it can deliver all and more that the average Indian wedding entails, thus improving trade and tourism links between the two countries.
On average 15 million visitor’s holiday in Turkey’s southern Mediterranean area each year and with an abundance of large hotels, holiday apartments and villas that can be rented the Indian representatives consider Antalya to be the location where such large events can take place. Turkey its self is no stranger to large family weddings and there are plenty of large venues available to cater for all. Generally, most visitors to Turkey are holiday makers from Europe and the UK but recently Russian visitors are increasingly taking their holidays to the Alanya/Antalya areas too.
The Managing Director of Event Company Iventum Mice, Bunyat Ozpak says ”Indians aren’t currently aware of all Antalya has to offer, perhaps because they’re not able to imagine what it’s like” Figures show that there are around 18 million Indians who can afford to travel abroad each year so why not travel to Turkey? These links once forged could be a huge boost to Turkey’s economy it then opens the doors for further countries to view Turkey as a viable country to trade with.
In Antalya last year 12 Indian weddings were performed and the aim is for at least 20 Indian weddings per year said an official from the West Mediterranean Development Agency. Indian weddings are a lucrative business with in excess of 200 guests being invited and each is expected to spend around $500 to $2000 purely on accommodation. Taking that and all other expenses into consideration the monies spent can be considerable, according to tourism officials, each year billions of dollars are spent by Indians opting to have their weddings abroad and the numbers for a wedding in Antalya is on the increase says the tourism minister for Turkey.
On May 1st President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was speaking at the Turkey-India Business Forum and he spoke of a new era of business links between Turkey and India. “Since India gained independence, our relations have been based on friendship. Economic cooperation will be further deepened and diversified. This is our sincere wish and we are determined and committed to achieving this,” the president said.
In 2016 Turkey exported $652 million to India and imports from India totalled $5.75 billion, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he expected these figures to increase and stated that Turkey would benefit from co-operation with India in the sectors of IT, technology and renewable energy. India is looking to Turkey for better infrastructure which can be aided by Turkish construction companies, negotiations continue.