A master plan for upgrading Turkey’s tourism infrastructure will include new marinas for megayachts. The tourism strategy originally announced by Turkey’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism has been updated to include other facilities for recreational vessels.

At a meeting last week at the Ankara Arena Sports Hall, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he had revised plans for improving Turkey’s tourism infrastructure in time for the 2023 centennial of the republic.

The tourism strategy, which will see US$24bn invested in upgrading facilities across Turkey, expects to create US$70bn in tourist revenues. The country hopes to attract 63 million tourists annually by 2023, becoming one of the top five destinations.

The strategy will include capital spending on nine yacht ports, 10 tourism-based cities, 11 cruise ship ports, and three modern airports. Cities included in the tourism regions are Adiyaman, Amasya, Bursa, Edirne, Gaziantep, Hatay, Izmir, Istanbul, Konya, K