Earthquake tragedy fails to dampen Türkiye tourism

 Wednesday, March 1, 2023 


As the tourism sector plays an important part in Türkiye’s economy, the country is trying to ensure that tourism keeps on as usual, despite the devastating earthquakes that struck the southeast.

After the earthquake, tourists began to question if it was safe to visit Turkey. But Türkiye is a big country of almost 800,000 km², and the most popular tourist attractions, like Istanbul, Antalya, Mula, zmir, Cappadocia, and Konya, are located well beyond the quake-affected areas.

The tourism in Istanbul, a thousand kilometres drive from the epicentre, has not ceased. The metropolis on the Bosphorus strait, which alone received 16 million international tourists last year, is going about its tourism business as normal.

Those who had previously booked a vacation here before to the earthquake are maintaining their reservations. Traveling in Türkiye is safe as long as you avoid the areas devastated by the catastrophic earthquake, Euronews reported.

The major airlines and international airports are operating normally. This is confirmed by Laurent Abitbol, President of Havas Voyages and Selectour, Euronews cited.

“There have been no cancellations,” he told Euronews. “It is important to know that the earthquake is 1000km from the tourist points of Turkey. There is no drop in bookings. Every day we have hundreds of customers who register to go to Turkey. It is very important to continue travelling to Turkey.”

According to the most recent Turkish official data, the country received more than 51 million tourists in 2022, a 71% increase. This is reflected in the revenue, which is $46 billion, 53% more than in 2021, -a record that surpasses the previous high of $38.9 billion in 2019.

For 2023, tourism is on track to return to pre-pandemic levels.

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