ITB attacks Northern Cyprus in Berlin

Dr. Ahmet Savannah, president of the Cyprus Health Tourism Council, attended the ITB Berlin fair, which is considered the world’s largest “travel industry digital meeting” and features 120 countries this year.

Health Tourism Council Dr. Ahmet Savannah represented the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus at the fair, which brought together approximately 65,700 users online and was now held on a digital platform under the name Berlin (ITB Berlin NOW), which included 3,513 participants representing destinations, hotel chains and technology companies from 120 countries, as well as 700 international speakers.

Our international contacts will continue until 31 May…

Council President Dr. Ahmet Savannah said that “this year, together with the whole world, we had the opportunity to introduce our country’s touristic opportunities, especially health, both in individual and group meetings and in the congress sessions we participated in, and to establish new collaborations.” Stating that the ITB Berlin fair is not yet over, Ahmet Savannah stated that the online meetings will continue until 31 May 2021, adding that “thanks to this service, we will have the opportunity to reach out to tourism professionals and develop cooperation that we did not have the opportunity to meet during the fair”.

62% of travelers worldwide plan to travel this year…

“The need is that a survey published in January by IPK International, which tracks the volume of travel and travel behavior in the main markets around the world, shows that 62 percent of travelers worldwide plan to travel abroad this year; the survey results published by the Statista institute at ITB Berlin are an important sign that tourism can be hopeful in 2021.” He said 70 percent of those surveyed by Statista said they planned to travel in 2021 or were considering planning a trip soon.

Instead of the “all-inclusive” system, “everything hygiene”…

Pointing out that it is understood that many things will change in tourism in the new post-Covid-19 period, ahmet Savannah pointed out that there will be a trend towards the “all hygiene all” system instead of the “all-inclusive” system, which will start a new era in tourism. “It seems that tourism will have to change and instead of being an industry with high emissions and small margins, the focus will be on high value-added production with low volume,” he said.

We have signed many new agreements with European, Asian and Middle Eastern countries…

He also stated that they have signed many new agreements with European, Asian and Middle Eastern countries in the field of medical services and noted that Northern Cyprus will be an important attraction for tourists over 65 years of age due to its success in protecting the health of its own people as well as tourists. He stressed that the council’s agreements with the ITB are aimed at bringing individuals over the age of 65 to advanced active living centers in Northern Cyprus and for medium and long-term accommodation. “With the new vision that the government will create with the support of our council and all stakeholders, there is an opportunity to bring tourism to a more sustainable, higher value-added point in the new period. This new era offers this important opportunity to our country.”
Covid-19 will not restrict but change people’s travel trends…

“Travel and tourism have liberated humanity, we cannot afford to lose it to the epidemic. The Covid-19 pandemic will not restrict but change people’s travel trends. Travel for health or healthy tourism and travel will come to the fore. As TRNC, we will be able to get the necessary share of this.”