World Tourism Organization
Antalya, one of Turkey's major holiday destinations, has welcomed 3.1 million foreign tourists since the start of the year.
Foreign tourist arrivals in the city, which is located on the Mediterranean coast, increased by 227 percent between Jan. 1 and June 12 from the same period of last year, according to data from the provincial directorate of culture and tourism.
Two settlements in Turkey have been included in the U.N.'s Best Tourism Villages list, the U.N. World Tourism Organizations (UNWTO) have said.
Mustafapaşa, a town in the Central Anatolian province of Nevşehir, and Taraklı, a small district in the northwestern province of Sakarya, are among the "best examples of villages embracing tourism to provide opportunity," the U.N. body said.
Bulgarian caretaker Tourism Minister Stela Baltova held a working meeting with Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theocharis during a UNWTO forum in Athens, Baltova's Ministry said in a press release Friday. At the meeting Baltova said that Greece is traditionally one of Bulgaria's best partners in tourism and thanked Theocharis for his readiness to strengthen and develop the cooperation.
Deputy Tourism Minister Sofia Zacharaki tabled a proposal for Greece to host the first conference of the newly created Online Education Committee of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), during a video conference of the committee on Thursday.
She also stressed Greece's recent leap in distance learning.