Burgemeester Opening Turkse stands op Vakantiebeurs 2019

Toespraak burgemeester Jan van Zanen

Utrecht, Koninklijke Jaarbeurs, 9 januari 2019

Dear all,

Welcome, Hoşgeldiniz.

A special welcome to his excellency Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, the Turkish minister of Culture and Tourism. We are honoured to have you here at the Holiday Fair, the biggest event of its kind in the Netherlands. And also a special welcome to your excellency, Şaban Dişli, the Turkish Ambassador in the Netherlands. It’s an honour to do with you the official opening of the Turkish stands. As a mayor, I represent all the citizens of Utrecht. All neighbourhoods. All communities. Including the large community with Turkish heritage… And this week, it’s like I am also representing all holiday destinations, gathered here at the Holiday Fair. Doing this with great pleasure, for sure.

Dear all, it’s January. The holiday season is over. It’s back to work and school again for most of us. And for all of us … it’s back to normal life. January is the month of a new beginning. The month of setting new, personal goals. Goede voornemens, we call them in Dutch. Such as: less calories. More exercise. Or perhaps: a new job, a new home, new dreams.

And January is the month of making plans for the next summer season. Where to go this year? In case you didn’t know: this is why the Holiday Fair takes place in January. To get a taste of what all the holiday destinations, near and far, have to offer. To get informed. To get inspired. And to enjoy the foods and drinks. In case the personal goals you set before turned out to be too ambitious.

So much to see and do here… Here, in Utrecht, you easily can make a trip around the world in one single day. And while making this journey, don’t forget to make a stop here, at the Turkish stands. And get a foretaste of the rich history and culture, the beautiful Turkish beaches, the Turkish cuisine, the world famous Turkish coffee and above all: Turkish hospitality.

Dear all, your excellencies Ersoy and Dişli, please enjoy your stay at the Holiday Fair. And may these stands be the stepping stone of numerous journeys to Turkey. I wish you, (and they will come, I can assure you), happy holidays. Iyi tatiller.