Germans going to Turkey for holidays ties the two countries together, according to a top German official, adding that he himself just spent a vacation in Turkey."Tourism is bridging the two countries,” Thomas Bareiss, the state secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, told German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Thursday. “At the moment we need that more than ever." Saying that he had just gone on holiday in Turkey, Bareiss, also the German commissioner for tourism, said: "For me there is no reason not to go on holiday there."
"Stability and partnership are in the Germans' interest, but also in the interest of the Turkish people," he added.
A total of 1.56 million German tourists went on holiday in Turkey in January-June 2018, up 25 percent compared to the previous year, according to the newspaper.