Saturday, 25 June 2016
Because of political problems, conflicts in Syria and Kurdish eastern Turkey and the recent bombings in Istanbul and Ankara, it was extremely quiet with few tourists on the ground, other than Turkish people enjoying weekends away from the cities. It is a pity so many have been put off visiting this vast and fascinating country. All those who rely on tourism directly or indirectly (an important part of the national economy) are suffering greatly. Many hotels have closed, small traders face severe financial hardship and the knock-on effect of the downturn in visitor numbers will surely be felt for several years to come.