The value of tourism has increased exponentially since the first travellers entered Turkey in 2001, but for many in the tourist industry the value of Turkey’s hospitality is still a mystery.
It is an island nation of about 3.4 million people, which is predominantly Sunni Muslim and its economy relies heavily on tourism.
But for many, the island’s hospitality has been under threat, and Turkey has been accused of violating human rights by detaining and interrogating foreign citizens and activists.
In the last decade, there have been a number of human rights complaints and investigations into Turkey’s human rights record, including one by the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2015.
Turkey has repeatedly denied all allegations of abuse and has said that the complaints are fabricated.
At the same time, Turkey has become a magnet for tourists, with over 150,000 foreign nationals visiting Turkey last year.
It is one of the top five destinations for people from the Middle East, North Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, according to the European Union.
Turkey is currently under investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC), which accuses the country of human-rights violations.
The number of visitors to Turkey is expected to grow by a third this year, according the tourism consultancy firm Tourism Australia.