The future of Turkey’s vital tourism industry depends on the length and severity of current protests, which are slowly eating away at the country’s reputation as worldwide travel destination.
Turkey, especially Istanbul, could easily compensate for its losses in the tourism sector resulting from the countrywide anti-government protests when Ramadan starts, thanks to the expected high volume of Arab tourists, sector representatives have said.
Anti-government riots have hurt tourism in Istanbul, with around 40 to 50 percent of hotel reservations reportedly being delayed or canceled…
“Istanbul, however, could recover rapidly when Ramadan starts,” a sector representative said.
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Photo credit: A sign on the Blue Mosque in Istanbul celebrates the first day of Ramadan in 2011. Txaro Franco / Flickr