Istanbul Airport gets ‘China Friendly Airport’ certificate

430,000 Chinese tourists visited Turkey lin 2019 and the aim is for this number to reach 1 million

Turkey’s Istanbul Airport received the ‘China Friendly Airport’ certificate, making it the first airport in the world to receive it, according to Daily Sabah

IGA Airport Operations CEO Kadri Samsunlu, said the airport has made several innovations such as placing flight information screens in Chinese, announcements made in Chinese and the ticket processing screens converted into Chinese.

Samsunlu said that all the innovations are targeted at making Chinese tourists comfortable in the country, as the number of visitors from the Asian country has been going up recently.

Cui Wei: Aim is to reach 1 million tourists in Turkey

The airport became the first global partner of C-trip, one of the largest Asian online travel agencies, he emphasized, along with enabling the use of mobile payment system WeChat Pay,  China’s most preferred payment system.

Cui Wei, consul general of the People’s Republic of China in Istanbul, also delivered a speech at the ceremony, saying he had very different and emotional moments when he entered the terminal from the main gate, he felt as if he had arrived at an airport in China. The consul general added a total of 430,000 Chinese tourists visited Turkey last year and their aim is for this number to reach 1 million.

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