Tur­moil in Turkey makes first im­pact on tourism

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - STATHIS KOUSOUNIS

The di­rect ef­fect on Turk­ish tourism from con­tin­u­ing anti-govern­ment protests in most ma­jor cities for a sec­ond week has so far been the can­cel­la­tions of pack­age tours and of con­fer­ences in the neigh­bor­ing coun­try – mostly in Is­tan­bul – as well as in changes to cruise ship routes.

Costa Cruises in par­tic­u­lar has cho­sen to re­place the sched­uled visit of one of its ships to Is­tan­bul with a stop in Pi­raeus, while also chang­ing its other Turk­ish ports of call. Ma­jor cruise op­er­at­ing com­pa­nies have stated that they are mon­i­tor­ing de­vel­op­ments in Turkey and re­vis­ing their itin­er­ar­ies ac­cord­ingly.

Sev­eral con­fer­ences are also said to have been can­celed or put on hold.

Turkey’s tourism has also suf­fered from the bankruptcy in early June of Turk­ish-owned agency Travel GTI and the Sky Air­lines car­rier, which were ac­tive in the Ger­man mar­ket. Last year GTI had rev­enues of 300 mil­lion eu­ros from ap­prox­i­mately 600,000 cus­tomers.

The shut­down of Sky Air­lines also af­fected other tour op­er­a­tors that had booked seats for Turkey for this sum­mer sea­son and are now seek­ing al­ter­na­tive so­lu­tions for their cus­tomers.

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