Turkey predicted to draw foreign visitors in spite of massive quakes

 Saturday, March 4, 2023 


For Turkish tourism, the annual peak season is expected to come on time, as famous resorts are mostly far away from regions affected by the enormous earthquakes of February 6th, local experts have said.

From earthquakes, Turkey is still recuperating that have taken lives of tens of thousands of innocent people and collapsed innumerable buildings in the country’s southern and central parts, reports Xinhua news agency.

The tragedy has encouraged the authorities of Turkey to warn tourists immediately not to visit the areas massively affected, keeping their safety in mind, in spite of the region not being Turkey’s main part of the popular tourist destinations, apart from for the Hatay province.

Esra Bilir, a freelance tour operator from Ankara, told Xinhua, that southeastern Turkey is well-known for few attractive places along with regional gastronomy but are mostly the main area for cultural visitors.

Bilir also said that the destinations which welcome maximum tourists are situated in Turkey’s southern and western parts along with the Aegean and Mediterranean shoreline, hundreds of kms from the earthquake zone.

Main airlines and the international airports of Turkey are being normally operated and clients are maintaining their reservations, she added.

In March or April, there may be a minor drop in the number of visitors however in May with the start of the season, they expect full occupancy in most resorts, Bilir said.

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