Law ratified in Parliament last Thursday

Turkish Parliament ratified a bill last Thursday to establish a new agency to promote and further develop tourism in Turkey.

The newly formed Tourism Publicity and Development Agency aims to raise recognition of Turkey to the highest level, and will help boost the number of tourists to the country as well as the total expenditure per tourist.

The agency will have a 13-person board, including the CEO of Turkey’s national airline, Turkish Airlines, as well as representatives from the public tourism sector.

In order to finance the agency’s activities, a “tourism share” of TRY 7.5 out of every TRY 1,000 will be taken from Turkish yacht tourism facilities and certified yacht tourism vessels.

Yacht tourism companies are said to be disappointed by the law, which many perceive as a new tax.