Turkey's Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy became the new owner of the luxurious Hilton Hotel in the Aegean's top vacation destination Bodrum, Dünya daily reported on Nov. 27.
Ersoy Hotels, a company owned by the minister, purchased Azerbaijani ISR Tourism, becoming the owner of their Bodrum property.
Turkey's competition board approved the purchase, making Ersoy Hotels the sole manager of the IST Tourism Administration and Trade Inc.
Based in Mediterranean Antalya, Ersoy Hotels also manages Voyage Hotel Belek and Max Royal Kemer, both luxurious resorts.
Ersoy is also the owner of Turkey's largest tourism agency ETS, although government officials' ownership of commercial entities is a common phenomenon in Turkey.
Education Minister Ziya Selçuk founded Maya Schools in 2002, and consequently added 10 million liras to the capital after being appointed to his government post.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca is the owner of private hospital chain Medipol Hospitals.