Published on : Monday, May 17, 2021
Recently, a tourism promotion video of the Turkish government showing airline and hospitality staff wearing yellow masks with a logo saying “Enjoy! I am vaccinated” has prompted extensive hatred and anger across the country. The opposition leaders have explained that the video and its logo has humiliated Turks, civilians slammed the government’s tone-deafness as they struggle hard with a nationwide shutdown followed by income loss and confusing rules while waiting to get vaccinated, reports dpa news agency.
Go Turkiye, an official travel guide developed this video and presented Turkey as a “safe haven” for unmasked international tourists. With sweeping views of top destinations, the English video said: “Sanitized resorts and vaccinated staff. We call it double safety for tourism. Our guests call it peace of mind.”
As the video was taken down on Friday subsequently, Turks responded with antagonism, asking for Mehmet Nuri Ersoy’s resignation, the Tourism Minister and the hashtag #TurkumOzurDilerim (sorry, I’m Turkish) trending on Twitter.
“In the pandemic, you only inflicted suffering and difficulties on our beloved people, and now you’ve done this without being ashamed. Shame on you,” tweeted opposition Iyi Party leader, Meral Aksener. “Finally, we have a ministry that humiliates its own people,” said Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the main opposition Republican People’s Party. During the ongoing lockdown, foreign tourists were free to move here and there to stop the spread of coronavirus, which includes the Eid holidays. In January, Turkey began its vaccination campaign, primarily with China’s Sinovac and subsequently Pfizer/BioNTech’s shots.