Ephesus still popular .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;} .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;} İZMİR - Ephesus antique city in İzmir’s Selçuk district keeps attracting visitors despite the current economic crisis. Visited by almost 2 million domestic and foreign visitors in the previous year, Ephesus attracted more than that in 2008, said Aziz İnci, Selçuk governor.

"The number of visitors increased by 10 percent when compared to the previous year despite the global economic crisis," said the governor. "We expect further increase in 2009, which will be affected by the devaluation of TL, reasonable touring prices, secure environment and publicity."

Noting that it the antique city seriously needs to attract more tourists, but what is more important than that is increasing the income from tourism, according to the governor, who added that some precautions would be taken to maintain that.

"Selçuk will occupy a more important position parallel to the increase in the investments in a few years time," said the Selçuk governor. "We also want to increase the number of visitors coming to Kuşadası by sea route".

Further works to be completed in the region include the completion of ’Protection Building Plan’, construction of 2 golf courts in accordance with the legal procedures, preparation of ’Artemis Chapel Project’, restoration works in the Saint Jean Church and the Ayasuluk Castle.