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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.

Photo Credit: A sign on the Blue Mosque in Istanbul celebrates the first day of Ramadan in 2011. Txaro Franco / Flickr