Mehmet Nuri Ersoy

Turkey attracts more tourists than Spain: Minister

Turkey has lured more tourists than Spain for the first time ever, Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy has said.

Turkey was the first nation in Europe and other nearby destinations to come up with the idea of a "safe tourism certificate" and implemented this certificate program very successfully, Ersoy told members of the parliament's budget and planning commission.

London Philharmonic Orchestra performed in Istanbul 

The London Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the world's most renowned orchestras, took stage at the newly reopened Atatürk Cultural Center (AKM) as part of the Beyoğlu Culture Festival organized by the Culture and Tourism Ministry for the first time this year. The orchestra performed a special repertoire at the concert with its giant staff of 96 people.

Iconic Atatürk Cultural Center inaugurated on Republic Day

The Turkish president on Oct. 29 inaugurated the Atatürk Cultural Center in Turkey's metropolitan Istanbul.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony on the 98th anniversary of the foundation of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said: "We are striving to repay our debt to the founders of our republic by setting out our 2023 goals and working day and night to achieve them."

Ancient jug returned to Turkey

A golden spouted jug, which dates back to 4,250 years and belongs to the period of Hattians, one of the ancient civilizations of Anatolia, has been returned to Turkey and now adorns the shelves of the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara.

A welcoming ceremony was held on Oct. 26 at the museum to mark the return of the ancient work.

Antalya Film Festival ends with award ceremony

The International Antalya Film Festival handed out the Golden Orange Awards for the 58th time in a ceremony held at Antalya Sports Hall.

Organized by the Antalya Metropolitan Municipality under the leadership of Mayor Muhittin Böcek, the film festival came to an end with the closing gala and the traditional award ceremony on Oct. 9.