The downfall of cruise tourism has benefited Turkey's ship recyclers as multi-million-dollar ships are scrapped at the Aegean Izmir facility. The recyclers expect almost one million tonnes of scraps this year.
‘Severity of COVID-19 veiled from public in Turkey’s top vacation hub, 400 diagnoses observed daily’
The severity of the COVID-19 pandemic in Turkey's top vacation destination Antalya is being hidden from the public, and there are as many as 400 new diagnoses daily, Antalya Medical Chamber Chairwoman Prof. Nursel Şahin said. Turkey's main vacation destination for domestic and foreign tourists alike, Antalya has welcomed over 950,000 visitors in the past two months.
Failing political regimes are like marriages on the rocks – when it gets too dreary, they remember the past or promise the moon in some unspecified future date. But take away the AKP’s tales of glory and people face a sober autumn with COVID-19 and forex spinning out of control.
For hotels across Turkey, 2020 has become a fight for survival, with the outcome crucial for a tourism industry which earned $35 billion in 2019 and whose losses this year have hit the country's foreign exchange earnings and contributed to the lira falling to record lows against the dollar. Ankara has tried to salvage the sector with intensive diplomacy and a healthy certification program meant to lure tourists.
Hot-air balloons started rides after five months in central Turkey's Cappadocia on Aug. 22. Known for its unique geographical landscape, the area often offers sunrise balloon rides among "fairy chimneys."
A top official from Turkey's Health Ministry warned against the misconception in society that coronavirus isn't contracted on the beach or in water. "You should also watch your distance in water," said Mustafa Necmi İlhan.
Turkish hotels will cover COVID-19 testing and isolation costs for Russian tourists if they show symptoms of the disease at the airport, Sputnik Turkey reported. Hospitalization costs will fall upon the traveler's insurance.
Hundreds of tourists arrived in Turkey from Moscow on Aug. 10, the first day of Russian flights into Turkish vacation hubs since the pause in operations due to COVID-19. Moscow had restarted flights to Istanbul and Ankara on Aug. 1.
Germany's Foreign Ministry extended travel warnings to 130 countries, including Turkey, as part of COVID-19 precautions. The country determines risky countries based on a rate of 50 infections among 100,000 people.
More than 10,000 tourists arrived in the Mediterranean beach town of Antalya on July 19. The number hints that business in Turkey's touristic hub is picking back up after months of COVID-19 closures.
Turkey’s Ministry of Environment and Urban planning has approved a zoning project for a large patch of land that lies in a protected area in the district of Kaş. A huge fire erupted in Kaş' Çukurbağ peninsula last month burning down a large area of forestland and olive trees.
Turkey's Interior Ministry said that senior citizens will now be allowed to travel after obtaining a "tourism document" on the government's online portal. Although seniors are allowed to go outside between certain hours every day, the age group is still under curfew.
Business in Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet suffers post-COVID-19 while seaside neighborhood thrives
Business owners in Istanbul's historic Sultanahmet district have been suffering from dramatically decreased business since re-opening on June 1 after months of COVID-19 closures. Meanwhile, a seaside neighborhood on the Anatolian side of Istanbul has returned to pre-isolation crowds.
Turkey's Trade Ministry legalized 18 installments for touristic spending to incentivize consumers. The new legal installment limit will be applicable to travel agencies, airlines and hotels.
Prime Minister of the Netherlands said that travelers returning from Turkey would be placed under quarantine for 15 days, and urged citizens to avoid traveling to the country if possible. Turkey remains on an "orange list" of countries to be avoided if possible, potentially hurting an otherwise frugal touristic relationship between the states.