Australian actor Travis Fimmel, who plays King Ragnar in the popular TV series Vikings, came to Istanbul, one of Turkiye's most important tourist cities, on Thursday.
The Vikings series, starring Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, and Gustaf Skarsgård, became a phenomenon during its broadcast. The series dealt with many issues related to the culture of the Vikings.
Fimmel met with Dr. Batuhan Mumcu, Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism, in Istanbul, where he came for a touristic trip.
The famous actor visited the Hagia Sophia Mosque and the Hagia Sophia History Museum together with Mumcu. Fimmel was informed about the history and architecture of the mosque and then experienced the atmosphere of the Hagia Sophia History Museum, which presents the rich history of Hagia Sophia to visitors digitally.
"There was a record increase in the number of tourists coming to Turkiye in 2023. Türkiye Tourism Promotion and Development Agency (TGA) which we established in 2019, has a great contribution in achieving these numbers. We have made our country the most intensive promotional country in the world,” Mumcu said.
“We are promoting in 200 different markets. Anatolia's rich history also makes Turkiye an attractive destination for the international film industry. In order to make use of this potential, we are focusing our efforts on the film industry. We are very pleased to see that our country is among the preferences of world-famous stars. Our promotional activities are paying off,” he added.
Turkiye's cultural heritage draws the attention of travelers from all over the world, especially famous actors, directors, and producers of Hollywood cinema.