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Hotel occupancy rates in Istanbul soared in May, but the city’s hotels remained to be the cheapest across Europe, according to a leading tourism association.
ANTALYA - Doğan News Agency
A number of district mayors from opposition parties in the Mediterranean Turkish province of Antalya have said they were not allowed to go abroad to attend a key recent tourism event in Moscow due to the ongoing state of emergency.
BEIJING - Agence France-Presse
Slapping import bans on products like mangoes, coal and salmon has long been China’s way of punishing countries that refuse to toe its political line.
ANKARA - Anadolu Agency
A deal between Turkey and Ukraine allowing their citizens to travel to each other’s country without passports entered into force early June 1, said Andrii Sybiha, Kyiv’s ambassador in Ankara.
Britain’s Thomas Cook said a visible recovery continues in bookings for Turkey and Egypt, although it echoed concerns raised by rival tour operator TUI over the market for travel by British tourists on May 18, saying that competition at home had slowed growth, Reuters has reported.
Hotel occupancy rates across Turkey rose sharply in April thanks to the Easter holiday and a significant revival in the Middle Eastern market, with Istanbul seeing a 30 percent year-on-year increase
BERLIN - Reuters
TUI Group, Europe’s largest tour operator, said summer trading was in line with expectations, with demand for Spain, Greece and the Caribbean helping to offset subdued bookings for Turkey and North Africa.
The number of foreign tourists visiting Turkey saw a huge increase in April, with the number of arrivals from Russia jumping around 485 percent, after months of difficulties amid a series of negative incidents, from bomb attacks to a diplomatic crisis with Russia and a failed coup attempt.
Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci has stated that Turkish officials are in talks with booking.com to act in compliance with the law in Turkey in order to be fully operational again
ANTALYA - Anadolu Agency
Culture and Tourism Minister Nabi Avcı on May 22 stressed the importance of tour packages for American tourists who want to visit Turkey’s Mediterranean regions.
ISTANBUL - Agence France-Presse
On his to-do list for his trip to Istanbul, Palestinian tourist Jameel wants to visit the Blue Mosque and take a tour on the Bosphorus, like any other tourist.
Dozens of legal and real persons flocked to the courtroom to voice their opposition to a Booking.com ban, citing the losses they have incurred from the decision, daily Dünya reported on May 22.
MUĞLA - Anadolu Agency
A Turkish tank which has served the country in both war and peace is to make one final contribution to the nation – by being sunk off the coast of one of Turkey’s hottest tourist spots.