As the summer holidays are underway and many Brits are heading for beautiful Turkish hotspots, Europ Assistance is warning tourists to be vigilant when seeking medical advice in the country.
The number of Israeli visitors taking trips to Turkey has fallen sharply following a deadly Israeli raid on Gaza-bound aid ships which shattered bilateral ties in May. However, Turkey is seeking to portray the trend as a victory, with Muslim visitors from across the Middle East offsetting the falls.
Turkey’s tourism industry is on alert following a warning from a Kurdish separatist group that it plans a wave of violence following the collapse of a year-long cease-fire. The PKK has threatened to strike major Turkish cities, including those popular with tourists and businessmen.
Muslim holidaymakers are being urged to visit Turkey this summer in an attempt to offset the impact of a boycott by Israeli visitors. Turkish tourism officials fear the fallout from May’s Gaza flotilla raid may cost the tourism sector some US$400 million.
After looking at popular searches via the site and bookings for July through to end of August, www.sunshine.co.uk has predicted that Marmaris in Turkey will be the busiest destination of the summer, whilst Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt will come a close second.
ONE Group, the UK’s leading independent travel claims and assistance provider, has revealed that Turkey had the highest prevalence of gastroenteritis claims last year.
Two new Novotel hotels and two new ibis hotels were opened in the Turkish cities of Gaziantep and Kayseri at the beginning of 2010.
As a gateway between East and West, Turkey – and its present Capital of Culture, Istanbul – have been of great significance to travellers for centuries. But as the country’s intellectual centre basks in the world’s gaze, the greater prize of European Union membership remains illusive. BTN examines recent developments in Turkey, and assesses what the future holds.
Turkey’s tourism industry has seen remarkable growth over the past few years, proof of the country’s continued popularity as a travel destination in defiance of the global economic crisis.
Latest sales figures from leading online travel agent On the Beach suggest Turkey is enjoying a bumper August as thousands of British holidaymakers sweep into the country.
Turkish Minister of Tourism Ertuðrul Günay and the COO of Messe Berlin,Dr. Christian GökeIn have announced that in 2010 the ITB Berlin will be focusing on Turkey as the partner country.
Terrorist attacks and fears of bird flu may have put Turkey in the tourism picture for the wrong reasons, but it is not deterring a growing legion of European tourists from heading east and to the country’s lively city of Istanbul.