Published on : Thursday, March 16, 2017
Turkey has witnessed a great boost in the number of Israeli tourists visiting the region after the normalization of ties last summer, as per the owner of a tour company that is based in the southwestern province of Mugla. This area is the hub of popular holiday resorts like Marmaris and Bodrum.
He said on Wednesday that they were planning to bring at least 2,500 Israeli tourists during March and April.
But then, the number has already exceeded 4,000, according to him. In the year 2016, they had been able to usher in as much as 6,500 tourists to Marmaris. This tourist figure is likely to double or even tripe this year.
He also noted that there had been a change in the profile of Israeli tourists who had been travelling to Turkey.
Tourists who had come in from Israel in the last two years were actually Muslim Arab citizens. However, this year’s first and second groups who had come to Marmaris were all Jewish in origin.
This year, the tourism scenario in Turkey is expected to be much better.
Israel and Turkey have renewed ties in June 2016 after a six-year split over an attack on the Mavi Marmara aid ship. Israeli commandos had killed 10 Turkish activists who were on board the Gaza-bound vessel.
In December 2016, both these nations were re-appointed ambassadors as part of the reconciliation deal.