Het toerisme naar Turkije staat onder zware druk door spanningen in deze regio
Volgens het Ministerie van Cultuur en Toerisme in Turkije zullen de zomerboekingen voor 2016 rond de 40% minder zijn in vergelijking met 2015. Voor honderden hotels ziet het door de zeer lage bezetingsgraad slecht uit en is sluiting mogelijk de enige oplossing.
Lees een Engelstakige analyse van Travel and Tour World (TTW)
The recent terrorism risks along with the rising geopolitical tensions have caused havoc to the tourism industry in Turkey. The otherwise booming tourism industry is suffering from a string of terror attacks blamed on the Islamic State of the Kurdish militants. Moreover, the diplomatic strife with the Russian government following the November 24 downing of a Russian Su-24 jet by Turkey resulted in more losses.
According to the reports from the Turkish Statistical Institute and the Culture and Tourism Ministry of Turkey, the number of summer bookings for 2016 is down 40% in comparison to 2015, while over hundreds of Turkish hotels have been put up for sale due to very low occupancy rates.
The tourism industry which accounts for 4% of the country’s GDP and provides employment to 7% of the working population of the country is witnessing a hard time to say the least.
The tourism figures of Turkey tripled between 2001 and 2014. In 2012, Istanbul joined the world’s five best tourism destinations according to the MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index. However, the geopolitical tension between Moscow and Ankara that started after the G20 summit caused a huge cancellation from the Russian tourists. Adding fuel to the fire, the repeated terrorist attacks in Istanbul resulted in huge tensions in the global tourism market and Turkey suffered the unwanted loss.