Gulf crisis couldn’t affect Turkish tourism

Published on : Thursday, August 3, 2017

Turkish tourismTurkey tourism has not been affected by the Gulf row in the Middle East. The country witnessed more than 1.2 million visitors from across the region pouring in the initial six months of 2017. Tourism officials explained that the country experienced an explosion in terms of demand in the last two weeks.

Turkey incorporated a balanced policy in response to the restrictions made obligatory on Qatar by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Egypt, Yemen and Libya for almost two months has started showing effects in the tourism industry.


Luring over 915,000 visitors from different countries in the Middle East in the initial six months of 2016, Turkey saw a growth in this figure by 34 percent to total 1.2 million in the same time of 2017. Turkey saw 317,000 Iraqi visitors followed by Saudi Arabia with 205,000, Kuwait with 94,000 and Jordan with 87,000 respectively. This puts forward that there has been a 40 percent growth in terms of demand for Turkey tourism over the last two weeks. To add more to it, Tourism representatives have highlighted that July data is anticipated to grow.

The first week of June witnessed slow booking rate when the Gulf clash started. Tourism experts predicted that Turkey’s balanced policy has brought the reservations to normal and the previous three weeks saw an explosion of demand adding that places like Antalya and Bodrum, as well as Istanbul, Trabzon, Bursa and Yalova showed huge interest.

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