Turkey certifies coronavirus free resorts

Published on : Monday, April 20, 2020

 

The culture and tourism minister  announced the launch of an initiative to certificate coronavirus  free tourism resorts across the country by the Turkish government.

 

Mehmet Nuri Ersoy said that they have started the certification process to determine the coronavirus-free zones under a system.

 

They will develop it stage by stage. First, they  will develop an internationally accepted certification system. A  commission including officials from the health, transportation and agriculture ministries, held its first meeting last week with the coordination of the Culture and Tourism Ministry.

 

They will  include all the NGOs in the commission and conclude the certification system swiftly in the first week of May. Gradually, they will make the tourism facilities to get these certificates until the end of May.

 

It is expected that domestic tourism traffic will resume in June after a relief from the measures to curb the pandemic towards “normalization” starts in mid-May.

The sterilization of tourism transportation vehicles will be done regularly, and transportation personnel will have to get pandemic training after undergoing health checks.

Considering the social distancing rules airports, hotels, restaurants, museums and archaeological sites will be redecorated and health staff and equipment, including thermal cameras, will be ready onsite.

Health documents that international authorities have pointed as required will be needed to be shown by the tourists.

Health facilities and infrastructure like intensive care units and ventilators, around tourism resorts will be mapped and documented for presentation to tour operators.

The Turkish government will get into contact with tourist source countries for travel arrangements once the processes are completed.

They will start flights under airport-based gradual timetables after deals with other countries.

 

He expects incomings from the Asian countries and in the second stage, Germany and Austria will recover fast, while tourists from central and northern European countries will follow them.

Until the end of July Russian and British tourists can face who traditionally choose Turkey  for holidays.

Turkey was targeting a total of 60 million tourists in 2020 before the coronavirus crisis and  attracted a record number of visitors with 51.9 million people in 2019.

In 2019, the country’s tourism revenues also hit $34.5 billion in 2019, a new record high and the figure jumped 17 percent last year, up from $29.5 billion in 2018.


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