Turkey Tourism Bookings Start to Go 'Quiet'
14.11.2023 - 20:39
/ Kelly Torrens
/ Dawit Habtemariam
/ Yves Marceau
Tourists have stopped booking new trips to Turkey. The war in Gaza is deterring Turkey’s tourism bookings.
“I had a lot of requests in September, and now they’re kind of quiet,” said Alper Ertubey, founder of Hike n’ Sail Turkey. He’s had some travelers postpone their trips.
Turkey tourism bookings for next year have weakened. New bookings for 2024 for Road Scholar have fallen “pretty close to flat,” said a spokesperson.
“Not necessarily cancellations are rising, just people aren’t booking,” said Yves Marceau, vice president of G Adventures. Tourists are booking trips elsewhere, he said.
Many travelers don’t feel comfortable being in the region, said Kelly Torrens, vice president of product for Kensington Tours.
Jacada Travel has had “a few clients consider cancelling,” said Founder Alex Malcom. The tour operator explained the situation and made them feel comfortable about the trip.
Turkey isn’t the only destination to see a drop in tourism bookings. Tourists canceled their bookings to Egypt.
This year, Turkey has seen one of the fastest post-pandemic tourism recoveries in Europe, according to the European Travel Commission.
The country welcomed over 50.2 million international tourists in 2022, according to the UN World Tourism Organization. That was close to the 51.2 million in the pre-pandemic year of 2019
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