Published on : Thursday, March 30, 2017
Turkey is still considered as one of the most preferred and popular destinations in the world in spite political tensions between EU countries and Turkey. Number of bookings from Germany, Netherlands and UK has risen considerably in the recent times. European tourists appeared quite unperturbed by last year’s terror attacks in Turkey.
Thomas Cook reported that tourists from Europe are slowly going back to Turkey once again. Bookings for Turkey increased by 40 percent in February this year in comparison to the last year in the same month as expressed by Burak Tonbul, a board member of TÜRSAB (Association of Turkish Travel Agencies) and general manager of Thomas Cook’s Turkey Representative, Diana Travel.
In German and British markets, bookings are up once again though the reservation had slowed in the first week of March as confirmed by Tonbul. He also believes that electronic device ban put into practice by the UK government will not influence the trend. To quote Tonbul, ‘The British won’t stop coming to Turkey just because children won’t be able to watch cartoons on iPads in flight.’
Nabi Avcı, culture and tourism minister said that large number of promotional campaigns has been launched in Europe. To quote the minister, ‘They had the opportunity to compare Turkey with other destinations. Turkey is way ahead of its competitors in terms of facility, services and price.’