Ali Yerlikaya, Governor of Istanbul, on EMITT


Ali Yerlikaya, Governor of Istanbul, gave his opinion about EMITT




Dear Distinguished Industry Representatives,

We, as İstanbul, are happy and proud to host one of the largest tourism exhibitions in our country and around the world, the 23rd East Mediterranean International Tourism and Travel Exhibition (EMITT) in which the participants are provided with the opportunity of increasing their business volume thanks to the new business and cooperation opportunities offered by EMITT.
On this occasion, I would like to greet our invaluable guests who are attending EMITT from all over the world with respect and adoration.

EMITT maintains its success as being the center of attention among other exhibitions with a similar focus by hosting more than 50 thousand participants coming from Turkey and other countries and by strengthening the position of İstanbul and our country in the tourism and travel industry,  it has become one of the most important indicators of our success in tourism.

Nowadays, the countries around the world are focusing on the tourism industry in order to compete with each other and they are in search of new ways that will make their countries an attractive destination.

As well as being an important tourism spot for the country's tourism industry with its location, history, natural beauties, and many transportation facilities, İstanbul is also a great location for congress and exhibition tourism. The synergy created by İstanbul's rich history and unique topography can be felt in EMITT Exhibition.

I have no doubt that EMITT, which has proved its success again with 1,065 exhibitors, 54,365 visitors, and 85 countries attending to the exhibition in 2018, will continue to develop itself and make progress every year. As it created the road map of the tourism industry in 2018, it will continue to be one of the largest tourism exhibitions in the world and in our country and will shape the future of the industry.

I would like to thank all the people, institutions, and organizations that contributed to the organization of such an important event. I wish the exhibition a great success and once again, I welcome the participants to our country and our city of Istanbul; I greet you all with respect and adoration.


Ali Yerlikaya
Governor of Istanbul
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