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Old 17th January 2016, 10:03   #1 (permalink)
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A hard year for Turkey.

It seems that Turkish tourism, the sun and sand variety, is likely to suffer a bad season this year.
Fear of violence will be the main reason but no doubt there will be other reasons. I personally take no pleasure from this, Turkey has its faults but its a living for so many folk there that I am sad for them.
Who will benefit though, Spain, Portugal or maybe our own home tourist industry, any thoughts?

Turkey’s tourism sector is bracing for a similar shock after an Isis-orchestrated suicide attack killed 10 people in the heart of Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet district, outside the Blue Mosque, this month. Most of the dead came from Germany, the country which sends the most visitors to Turkey – 5.2 million last year – and cancellations are expected, worsening an already bleak year.

Up to 4.5 million Russians were already expected to change holiday plans after the Turkish military shot down a Russian jet that strayed into Turkish airspace on a bombing mission over Syria, and military operations against Kurdish insurgents in the south-east have added to a sense of crisis.

“Things are getting worse for Turkey’s tourism sector, with crisis after crisis erupting before the last one is resolved,” lamented Hürriyet Daily News columnist Günes Kömürcüler. “The situation is so bad that we should simply accept this year as a ‘lost year’ for tourism.”
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Re: A hard year for Turkey.

Mainly self inflicted!
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Re: A hard year for Turkey.

Crystal Cruises announced on Friday that it was cancelling stops in Turkey for two upcoming voyages.

The company said in a statement that it was cancelling visits to İstanbul and Kuşadası, Turkey, which had been planned stops for one of its ships, Crystal Symphony.

The cruise line said it was rerouting the ship "in response to ongoing security concerns."
A suicide bombing in İstanbul killed 10 tourists Tuesday.

The itineraries for Crystal voyages that set sail April 24 and May 1 will include destinations in Greece instead of Turkey.

Turkish ports of call scheduled for April and November aboard Crystal's new luxury yacht, Crystal Esprit, will also be changed, the cruise line said.

In September, another cruise line, Celebrity Cruises, announced that it would replace all overnights to İstanbul in 2016 with additional ports of call.

Royal Caribbean International says it is "closely monitoring" the situation in Turkey but has not modified any upcoming sailings to İstanbul.

Crystal Cruises cancels stops in Turkey over security issues
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Re: A hard year for Turkey.

I can concur .
Last year my villa website had 380 visitors in January 2015 .
Sold 10 weeks rental as a result .
So far this year 32 visitors no sales in January yet.

After some checking around Dalyan this seems typical .
Good job I have some returnees already booked .

Gonna be harder this year me thinks .gotta keep trying tho.

I suggest Spain Portugal Greece Croatia etc .

We had a fab holiday in Croatia last year.
Much cheaper.

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Re: A hard year for Turkey.

It's been hard enough for people in the last couple of years, we've seen lots of businesses sold/closed down, like you say it looks like this year will be even worse. Such a shame

I've been looking to book up for Easter and the summer, hate to say it but was hoping it would make it more affordable this year so we were waiting, but if anything Turkey is getting dearer!! Case of making more money out of the fewer people that do actually go, than less money out of more! I don't think anywhere else is any safer at the minute, so is it a case of take your chances wherever?


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Re: A hard year for Turkey.

TOTALLY AGREE SARA, Take your chances where ever, we are visitors for the last 25yrs to Turkey and are booked ,accomodation and flights for June and September. The Turkish people are wonderful people and so accomodating, some English hotels could learn a lot from the Turkish.
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Re: A hard year for Turkey.

Its not only Turkey, its going to be a hard year for many countries, I would imagine the Greek Islands will take a massive hit. France, Germany, Egypt, Tunisia ect the list is never ending.
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Re: A hard year for Turkey.

I will continue to holiday in Turkey. The UK is just as much a target. There will a terrorists attack that the security services cannot prevent sooner or later. And despite the great job they have done to date no doubt the media and many people on here will be unfairly critical of them. We need to carry on a normal to beat the terrorists.
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Re: A hard year for Turkey.

Should make no difference if someone wants to go to a particular country for a holiday. It's not like as soon as you land the ISIS will be waiting to kill you. Reality is that almost every country has a hit. Are families going to stop going to Disney world Paris? answer is No. There is more chance of you getting run over crossing a road, getting mugged, getting beaten, dying of cancer and the list goes on and on other then getting Killed by ISIS.
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Re: A hard year for Turkey.

We are booked for seven weeks this year, we keep a weather eye open for trends but I'm happy the Gumusluk area should be placid.
Istanbul is off our agenda for a while though, bloody shame, I love the place.
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