Tourism News from Turkey – July 2017

Naturally, with July being one of the busiest tourism months in Turkey, travel news is coming out thick and fast, with many people especially keeping an eye on current developments re the laptop ban.

Previously imposed on flights originating from many Middle Eastern and African countries including Turkey, the USA ended their four-month ban on July the 20th. Eight days later, the UK lifted the ban on all flights originating from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen airport, with Bodrum, Dalaman, Izmir and Antalya expecting to follow suit shortly.

FCO Also Warns Against Fake Illness Claims

In an unusual move, the FCO also updated their travel advice pages to warn people against making fraudulent illness claims. The UK tourism industry and key players like Thomas Cook have seen an increase of legal compensation claims from people saying they fell ill while on holiday.

Investigators for the companies, however, have produced evidence from the claimant’s social media profiles, hotel staff and other sources to prove the claims are false.

The legal action taken by holiday companies followed a newspaper report in February that Turkish hotels are looking to dump British holiday companies because they were paying out compensation for false claims and recouping the losses automatically from the hotel’s fee.

The travel association ABTA confirmed that the claims were a major problem because they rose a staggering 434% after compensation companies deliberately targeted and coerced all-inclusive holiday makers on a no win, no fee basis.

ABTA has since launched a campaign called Stop Sickness Frauds, to petition MPS to change the law so the companies coercing holidaymakers into making bogus claims can no longer operate. Footage has also been released to the press of people making claims who appear to be more than healthy while on holiday.

Jet 2 To Double Their 2018 Turkey Programme

Jet 2 Turkey Program 2018

Many industry professionals in Turkey were delighted at an announcement by JET 2 Holidays and Flights that due to increased demand for Turkish holidays, they will double the capacity of their 2018 program.

With 430,000 seats on sale overall, the capacity for the Antalya region has increased a staggering 115%, and many of the flights will start at the beginning of April, rather than the traditional month of May. This is welcoming news for hotels, bars and restaurants, who mostly rely on the British holiday companies for their primary source of income.

Capacity to the Dalaman region has also increased 56% while Bodrum will see fruitful results from an enhanced capacity of 144%. These three airports cover most of the Aegean and Mediterranean holiday areas, therefore cementing Jet 2’s position as a significant travel influence in the Turkish holiday industry.

Visa Free Travel for Indians

Meanwhile, more good news happened for Indian tourists after the Turkish government lifted the 100-euro visa fee. The move comes from an emerging market of high popularity for luxury Indian weddings in Turkey, which the region of Antalya is particularly benefitting from because of their large, luxury hotels. The government also hopes to attract Indian film makers with incentives and discounts.

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