Articles tagged “turkey”

Cruise Ships More Popular Than Ever in One Part of Turkey: The Scrapyard

Cruise Ships More Popular Than Ever in One Part of Turkey: The Scrapyard

Bulent Usta, Reuters

The junkyard may be the only place where cruise ships are making money these days.

3 weeks ago

Turkey Changes the Tourist Magnet Hagia Sophia From a Museum to a Mosque

Turkey Changes the Tourist Magnet Hagia Sophia From a Museum to a Mosque

Ece Toksabay and Daren Butler, Reuters

Officials still want Hagia Sophia to draw about four million tourists a year. But authorities may obscure some of the structure's glorious mosaics and frescoes to comply with interpretations of Islam that ban the portrayal of people and animals. 

3 months ago

Turkey’s Lonely Tourist Attractions Face Make-or-Break Week

Turkey’s Lonely Tourist Attractions Face Make-or-Break Week

Ceyda Caglayan, Kaan Soyturk and Jonathan Spicer, Reuters

It's unfortunate some of Turkey's most important source markets were heavily impacted by coronavirus. Effective diplomacy will be needed to convince those countries it's a safe bet for summer.

4 months ago

Tourist Guides Will Be the Earliest Enforcers of Safety Measures in Travel

Tourist Guides Will Be the Earliest Enforcers of Safety Measures in Travel

Rosie Spinks, Skift

For tourist guides who manage to ride out travel's shutdown, a new set of challenges and expectations will be awaiting the profession on the other side.

5 months ago

Turkey Plans to Resume Flights With 40 Countries in June

Turkey Plans to Resume Flights With 40 Countries in June

Tuvan Gumrukcu, Reuters

Governments are going to huge efforts to open up for the summer season, and in Turkey's case that means discussions with some 92 countries.

5 months ago

Turkey Reopens Grand Bazaar and Resumes Domestic Flights

Turkey Reopens Grand Bazaar and Resumes Domestic Flights

Daren Butler, Reuters

It's a symbolic move for Turkey to reopen one of its most famous attractions, the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. But it's also important that the country has been able to stick with its timetable of easing restrictions taken against the pandemic.

5 months ago

TUI Bets Big on Taking Thomas Cook Market Share

TUI Bets Big on Taking Thomas Cook Market Share

Patrick Whyte, Skift

TUI CEO Fritz Joussen sounded much more upbeat than he did last December. While the Max grounding continues to cause problems for the company, holiday bookings for summer 2020 have grown. For now, it thinks it has the edge on its remaining competitors.

8 months ago

Looming U.S. Sanctions, Regional Unrest Threaten Turkey’s Vibrant Tourism Rebound

Looming U.S. Sanctions, Regional Unrest Threaten Turkey’s Vibrant Tourism Rebound

Reem Abdellatif, Skift

Turkey until recently was hailed as one of Europe’s most attractive travel destinations. But rising geopolitical tensions and souring relations between Washington and Ankara are now threatening the fragile sector’s growth and potential.

10 months ago

Thomas Cook’s New Investor Reveals Turnaround Plans

Thomas Cook’s New Investor Reveals Turnaround Plans

Asli Kandemir, Luca Casiraghi and Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

How much longer can Thomas Cook stay silent? With Neset Kockar fleshing out his plans, the tour operator will surely have to say whether or not it views his approach as credible.

1 year ago

New Thomas Cook Investor Talks Up Company’s Potential

New Thomas Cook Investor Talks Up Company’s Potential

Simon Foy, Bloomberg

It sounds like we should be preparing ourselves for a new takeover approach. The question is what will Fosun do if and when it comes?

1 year ago

The Balkans Is a Bright Spot in Europe’s Modest Tourism Growth

The Balkans Is a Bright Spot in Europe’s Modest Tourism Growth

Rosie Spinks, Skift

It's not all bad news for European tourist arrivals, but it could be better. However, look to the Balkans for some robust growth fueled by arrivals from China and Russia.

1 year ago

Turkey Tops European Tourism Growth…Again

Turkey Tops European Tourism Growth…Again

Patrick Whyte, Skift

It was only a couple of years ago that the Turkish tourism industry was on its knees. How quickly things can change.

2 years ago