Minister for Tourism and Environment Fikri Ataoğlu made statements regarding the Greek Cypriot administration who has been trying to prevent tourism advertisements of North Cyprus appearing on buses, trains and billboards in the UK.
Speaking to the BRT, Minister Ataoğlu said that in the past they had come face to face with the Greek Cypriot sides efforts aimed at preventing the TRNC from being advertised abroad but added that they have now overcome these obstacles.
“This year in January the Greek Cypriot side became extremely uncomfortable with the advertisements that were placed on buses and train stations throughout the UK as they had received much interest. According to information we received just recently the Greek Cypriot side has actually begun a signature campaign to prevent advertisements in the future. They should really not bother because we will and have overcome all obstacles” said Ataoğlu.
Explaining that as instructed by the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan efforts are being realized so that a plane belonging to Anadolu Jet will be deployed in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in the near future, Minister Ataoğlu said that as of April this will be realized in the TRNC leading to a 300 to 400tl price drop in ticket prices.
“Anadolu Jet will start flights from the TRNC to Adana, Antalya, Izmir and Gaziantep as of April. We are looking into another different destination that can be added like Hatay or Trabzon. As soon as Anadolu Jet starts flying from the TRNC we are expecting ticket prices to drop” said Ataoğlu.
He also said that efforts are being made to overcome the problems being experienced by those coming to the TRNC from England.