On a daily basis it is difficult to know what is really happening between these two counties. More often than not Greece is complaining about Turkish jet fighters infringing on Greek air space. This year opposing jets collided and crashed. Last week the top General of the Turkish armed forces received a hospitable welcome in Athens. I do not even try to decipher the rhetoric over Cypress.

Yet in the tourism business all is well. This is from the Athens News Agency:

In terms of figures, noted Turkish entrepreneur Can Eretem said roughly
50,000 Turkish nationals take yachting holidays in Greece every year,
whereas Petralia said 120,000 Turkish nationals visited the country.
Conversely, 585,000 Greek nationals visited Turkey in 2005, up from 100,000
in 2004.

From what I have read all these people were treated well in their host countries.

This week top level government ministers from both countries signed a tourism protocol covering many subjects and agreeing
to make travel of third country tourists between the
two countries easier and to inaugurate new ferry boat links.

Many travelers want to combine visits to Turkey and Greece. To date it has been somewhat complicated. Hopefully this year it will be much easier. The best preserved city of ancient Greece is on Turkish soil. Read a little more about Ephesus on our full service Paros web site.


At November 16, 2006 5:43 PM rbossan said...

Thanks for your comment in my blog. I´m glad you liked.

At November 16, 2006 9:47 PM East of Oregon said...

Thanks for signing my guest map! You are very east of Oregon . . what's the link?
take care,


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