Turkey's Izmir aims to increase attraction in post-COVID-19 era

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ISTANBUL, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- Turkey's western port city Izmir prepares to increase its attraction to the world in the post-COVID-19 era, Izmir Mayor Tunc Soyer announced on Tuesday.

"We are working hard to make Izmir a unique center of attraction on a global scale with its diverse cultural and geographical values," Soyer said at a joint press conference with tourism representatives.

He said Izmir's digital destination inventory, which includes information and visuals about more than 2,000 locations, has been prepared with different topics such as history, gastronomy, intangible cultural heritage, events and festivals.

The municipality also set a series of hygiene and safety standards for restaurants, cafes and bars, and accommodation facilities to make Izmir a safe tourism destination facing the coronavirus.

It has also been working in "great devotion" to transform Izmir into a city of fairs.

Meanwhile, Mahmut Ozgener, chairman of the Board of Izmir Chamber of Commerce, highlighted the need for a more creative understanding of tourism, especially in destination management, in line with the requirements of the post-pandemic era.

"We must design new travel styles that would integrate technology and sustainability," Ozgener stressed.

Firuz Baglikaya, head of the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies, noted that a new era awaits the industry in 2021, in which there will be much tougher competition.

Located on the shores of the Aegean Sea, Izmir is the third-largest city in the country. Besides its natural beauties, the city possesses various historical and archeological sites since it was home to different ancient civilizations. Enditem

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