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Turkey's Tourism Woes

The number of American travelers visiting Turkey dropped by more than 20% in the first five months of 2016 compared to last year, following terrorist attacks in Ankara last fall and Istanbul in January. And those figures don't even cover the period after the latest attack, which took place on June 28 at Istanbul Ataturk Airport and killed more than 40 people. The country's hotels have reported a high number of cancelations and steep losses of revenue, while cruise ships and tour operators have removed Turkish destinations from their itineraries.

As for signs of hope, many experts on travel in Turkey point to the country's longevity and resilience. "Travelers will eventually come back," one tour operator told the New York Times. "Turkey is a 12,000-year-old civilization and not going anywhere."

 

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Tags: Travel, turkey, terrorism, ankara, istanbul, airport, Hotels, cruise, tours

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