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Independent: Turkey tourism industry experiences worst summer in 25 years amid terrorism and coup
14:33, 28 July 2016
Independent: Turkey tourism industry experiences worst summer in 25 years amid terrorism and coup

Figures show visitor numbers drop heavily even before attempted overthrow of government

14:33, 28 July 2016

Reuters

At the end of July, the beaches of southern Turkey and the bars of Istanbul should be busy with foreign visitors, as the tourism season peaks. But instead the turmoil in the nation means its tourist industry is experiencing the worst summer since the early 1990s.

Terrorism and political instability has triggered an unprecedented switch away from Turkey. Figures just released for June - before the attempted military coup - show a fall of 41 per cent in international arrivals compared with 2015.

The travel industry expects the numbers to get significantly worse for the height of the season.

The trend in the statistics issued by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism is for the decline to increase by six per cent.

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