Turkey’s Tourism Minister maintains no panic amongst tourists

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Turkey’s Tourism Minister maintains no panic amongst tourists

July 26, 2016 - 04:14
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No immediate tourism fallout claimed from failed coup

Blue Mosque, Istanbul

Despite Turkey’s recent failed military coup, the country’s Tourism Minister is claiming visitors are continuing with their holidays. “There is no problem with the tourist sector at this time," said Nabi Avci, Turkish Minister for Culture and Tourism. "The tourists that were already in Turkey are still enjoying their holidays there. There has been no sense of panic," Avci added.

The subsequent government crackdown members of the security forces, judiciary, civil service and academia has raised concerns in the West. Visitor numbers to Turkey had already been hard hit after tensions with Russia and a spate of bombings that sparked security concerns. On a brighter note, Aeroflot is restarting passenger service for Russian citizens and ticket sales for travel to Turkey following regulator Rosaviatsia lifting its temporary ban on flying Russian citizens to Turkey.

As a result of Turkey’s guaranties of additional aviation security measures, all restrictions have been lifted on regular passenger service between the Russian Federation and Turkey, including carrying Russian citizens from Russia to Turkey and transit passengers via Turkish airports to other global destinations.

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