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PM Yıldırım says Turkey is as safe as US, Europe

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In a bid to attract tourists to Turkey, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has said terror attacks take place in every part of the world and that Turkey is no less safe than the US or European countries.

Speaking at the World Tourism Fair in İstanbul on Thursday, Yıldırım said: “There is not a safe country in any part of the world. Turkey is as safe as the US, İstanbul is as safe as Paris and Berlin.”

According to data from the Turkish Statistics Institute (TurkStat) revealed last month, Turkey earned $22.1 billion in tourism revenues in 2016, 29.7 percent less than the country’s tourism revenues in 2015.

The tourism industry, which is a significant source of revenue and employment as well as foreign currency income for Turkey, has been undergoing difficult times due to a series of terror attacks, political instability and currency devaluation in the country.

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