The Turkish tourism sector has always been on its toes since 2010. Multiple events happened : the attacks of terrorist organizations, bomb exploding in the city and the airport, Taksim Gezi Park protests, the downing of the Russian plane, the 2016 Coup attempt, and finally the Covid 19 pandemic have lead to a stalemate in the Turkish tourism industry, which has been constantly damaged, in a dead-end for more than a year.
Despite the injured Turkish Tourism business, the number of tourists is constantly increasing until 2020, except for 2016, which allows us to conclude that the country is an indispensable tourism destination despite all the negativities.
`Grandoria Tours` company founder Mr.Ercan Göktürk Hasan, stated that Turkey's international relations and policies with other countries plays a huge role in the process of maintaining the increase of the industry, apart from the fact that accommodation facilities and travel agencies fulfill all their obligations in order to develop the number of tourists coming to the country and the income related to it.
Pointing out that the expected efficiency could not be obtained from England, Germany, and Russia, where Turkey hosts the most Incoming tourists, He said that England still keeps Turkey on the red list due to the covid-19, in the other hand the Middle Eastern country, Saudi Arabia has the highest foreign exchange inflow to our country following the same path.
These countries play an important role in Turkey's share of tourism income and unfortunately, there are no alternative countries to replace these countries for geopolitical and cultural reasons.
On the south coast of Turkey, where the occupancy rate has increased due to the Muslim `Eid` holiday, Tourism traders and accommodation businesses feel relieved but tourism professionals have not been able to be happy in 2021 due to the travel bans and due to problematic travel procedures, also the fear of virus mutations at the door.
Until Russia opens its doors, operators on the Southern coasts, which started the season with guests from Ukraine, Belarus, and Baltic countries, state that they could not reach even half of their estimated targets.
Turkey hosted 4,400,000 tourists from January to the end of May in 2021, despite the decrease of the pandemic situtation the number of tourists compared to the last year 2020 has dropped out.
It should be noted that Turkey has performed many steps over the past 10 years to facilitate the visit for the incoming tourists like the Electronic Visa System, which helps the visitors to apply and obtain Turkey entry Visa in simplified and easy steps. The common view of tourism professionals that expect activity after July is that if they close the second half of 2021 with a loss, Turkish tourism and investments will suffer immensely, and it will be very difficult to replace the closed tourism establishments and qualified personnel who left the sector.