Tourism Numbers Drop in Turkey Once Again
PHOTO: Istanbul, Turkey (courtesy Thinkstock)
Just when things were looking up in Turkey and Russian tourists were making their way back to the country’s resorts, a failed coup attempt has further derailed efforts to revive the tourism industry.
According to an article in the Irish Times, tourist attractions are empty and usually bustling shopping streets are deserted.
Shop owner Huseyn Caglayan tells the Times that he’s never seen it so empty.
“I’ve been in this area since I was 12 years old. I’ve never seen it so empty,” Caglayan said.
Turkey has been dealing with a tumultuous array of difficulties that include political unrest and terrorist bombings and businesses have reported an overall slowing in the number of visitors. Now, they are not sure if the tourism industry can be so easily revived.
“At the beginning, after a bombing, it would pick up again after 10 days. It’s not picking up any more. We’re afraid. It’s normal for people to decide not to come,” said Caglayan.
This latest slump is a devastating blow to an industry that makes up approximately 8 percent of the national workforce in the country, but there are bright spots.
For the tourists who do decide to come, they feel that they have the place to themselves and they receive a warm welcome from the locals.
“How many million people are there in this country?” said New Zealander Grant Bowden. “The percentage chance of getting caught up in something is very low. I just work on the law of averages.”
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