Kusadasi Port, Gateway to Ephesus, Sports Enhancements for Growing Industry

ANKARA, TURKEY, June 1, 2005 – Turkey’s second largest cruise port, the celebrated resort town of Kusadasi on the Aegean coast, is now welcoming passengers with a sleek new terminal building, part of a multi-million dollar improvement and enlargement of Kusadasi Port’s facilities to enhance the experience of the more than 300,000 cruise ship and ferry passengers who disembark there annually.   Opened on April 1, the graceful modern glass and sandstone structure is distinguished by soaring interior spaces and an extensive selection of duty-free shopping opportunities.   It will soon be complemented by two more structures, which will house a retail and entertainment complex for passengers and land-bound tourists alike.    

            In addition, Ege Ports which has operated the port since its privatization, has enlarged the parking area to accommodate more than 50 excursion buses.  The company also plans to lengthen the two piers, install upgraded fendering systems and make other improvements designed to better accommodate the trend toward super-sized cruise ships. 

            Kusadasi is the cruise gateway to the classical city of Ephesus , one of the world’s most important archeological sites in the world just 15 minutes away.   It is also within close proximity to the Holy Shrine of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who, according to legend, lived out her last days there in the care of St. John the Apostle.  Consequently, since it opened in 1968, the Port of Kusadasi has been an important stop on eastern Mediterranean cruise itineraries.  As such, it has the capacity to serve nine cruise ships simultaneously.

The new terminal of Kusadasi Port is one of several important additions to Turkey ’s tourism infrastructure opening this year, including the spectacular new Kempinski Barbaros Bay Resort & Spa Bodrum on the Aegean coast and Marmara Antalya overlooking the Mediterranean .  All reflect the mounting strength of Turkey ’s tourist industry which saw a 33.7 percent increase in arrivals for 2004 over 2003 and projections for 2005 indicate a 40 percent growth. 

Turkey , the site of two wonders of the ancient world, is a present-day marvel – the cradle of civilization, the very center of world history and a modern Westward looking republic. It is a country of fascinating contrasts, where antiquity is juxtaposed with the contemporary, the familiar with the exotic; where sun-swept beaches beckon less than an hour away from snow-capped mountains, and everywhere visitors are treated to the extraordinary warmth of the Turkish people.

For information about travel to Turkey, call 1-877-FOR-TURKEY 
or contact the Turkish Culture and Tourism Offices in New York at 212-687-2194 
or in Washington D.C. at 202-612-6800 or in Los Angeles at 323-937-8066
and visit www.tourismturkey.org 
or www.kulturturizm.gov.tr



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