Published on : Monday, January 9, 2017
Turkey and its capital Istanbul boasts of a rich and ancient history with stunning architecture, beautiful beaches along with a bustling urban nightlife. These factors draw a large number of tourists from all over the world. However, after a recent spate of violent terrorist attacks in the country, its tourism industry, which is an important part of the nation’s economy, has suffered a major setback.
Although tourism accounted for little more than 12% of Turkey’s GDP in 2014, according to a bulletin published by the Turkey’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the country saw a substantial, 30% slump in the number of visits by foreigners in January through November 2016 compared to the same period in 2015 due to these unfortunate strings of incidents.
In addition to the attacks, a failed coup in Turkey in July left more than 200 people dead.
In the mass shooting at the Reina nightclub on New Year’s morning, many of those killed or injured were foreigners from a diverse array of countries including Belgium, France, India, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia.