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    Fotoğraf: İsa Terli ISTANBUL, TURKEY – APRIL 29: Tourists, exempt from the curfew, are seen at nearly empty passenger ferry after 17-day lockdown, starting from Thursday 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. on May 17, began in Turkey on Thursday evening to stem the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) in Istanbul, Turkey on April 29, 2021. Lockdown will cover remainder of Muslim holy month of Ramadan and 3 days of Eid al-Fitr holiday. ( İsa Terli – Anadolu Agency ) Read further. More

  • Ukrainian press to visit Turkey to observe safe tourism

    ANTALYA, Turkey A group of Ukrainian media outlets are set to arrive in the Turkish resort city of Antalya in mid-May to observe measures taken in the tourism sector against the coronavirus pandemic, Ukraine’s minister of culture and information said on Wednesday. “In mid-May, a group from the Ukrainian press will come here, travel here, see what safe tourism means, what has been done, and tell the Ukrainians,” Oleksandr Tkachenko said in an executive interview with Anadolu Agency, adding that the group would promote Turkish holiday destinations. Tkachenko visited Antalya province for the Ukraine Tourist Rights and Tourism Security Sub-Working […] More

  • Turkey hopes full lockdown will be good for tourism

    ISTANBUL The tourism sector in Turkey is hopeful that current coronavirus pandemic measures will reduce the number of infections and pave the way for tourists to visit. “We hope to enter the summer season as a country with a reduced number of cases and this will positively affect the tourism movements during the summer season,” said Firuz Baglikaya, the head of the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TURSAB). “All our wish is not to lose more lives by reaching effective results as soon as possible in our fight against the virus,” he added. Turkey will enforce a full lockdown from […] More

  • Turkey announces full lockdown to curb COVID spread

    Turkey will enforce a full lockdown from Thursday until May 17 to stem the spread of coronavirus, the country’s president announced on Monday. Speaking to reporters following a three-hour Cabinet meeting in the capital Ankara, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said all workplaces will suspend their activities during the restrictions, except those excluded by the Interior Ministry. “We must rapidly reduce our number of cases to less than 5,000 … otherwise we will face the consequences in every field from tourism to trade and education,” he said. All intercity travel will be subject to permission, whereas public transport will operate at 50% […] More

  • Turkey’s ancient city of Assos to be closed for 500 days

    CANAKKALE, Turkey  The archaeological site of Assos in Turkey’s northwestern Canakkale province will be closed for 500 days while rehabilitation work is carried out on a nearby slope after rocks and stone fragments fell onto the road leading to Assos antique port.  The activities of tourism operators and tradesmen in the ancient port were halted as part of a project tendered last month by the Ayvacik District governorship in Canakkale. On Tuesday, the road leading to the ancient port was closed by gendarmerie teams, setting back plans by visitors. As part of the project, which is planned to be completed […] More

  • Foreign tourists exempt from lockdown in Turkey

    ANKARA International tourists will be exempt from lockdown rules in Turkey, the country’s tourism minister said Tuesday. The country’s partial or full lockdown since the onset of the coronavirus has never applied to tourists, Nuri Ersoy said addressing an event held in the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya. “They freely tour with their passports, visit museum and archaeological sites. Being a tourist is advantageous in Turkey,” Ersoy stressed. Turkey has imposed a full lockdown from April 29 until May 17 to stem the spread of the coronavirus. The new measures will cover the entire holy Muslim month of Ramadan, as […] More

  • Foreign ministers of Turkey, Czechia speak over phone

    ANKARA Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and his newly appointed Czech counterpart spoke over the phone, according to diplomatic sources on Monday. Cavusoglu congratulated Jakub Kulhanek on his new position and expressed his will to improve bilateral trade and tourism, the sources said. The Turkish diplomat also invited Kulhanek to the Antalya Diplomacy Forum which will be held in June in Turkey’s Mediterranean province of Antalya. Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options. […] More

  • COVID-19: Turkey announces full lockdown from Thursday

    ANKARA Turkey will enforce a full lockdown from Thursday evening until May 17 to stem the spread of coronavirus, the country’s president announced on Monday. Speaking to reporters following a three-hour Cabinet meeting in the capital Ankara, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said all workplaces will suspend their activities or shift to work-from-home models during the restrictions, except those excluded by the Interior Ministry such as food and manufacturing sectors. The new measures will cover the entire holy Muslim month of Ramadan, as well as three days of the Eid festival. “At a time when Europe is entering a phase of reopening, […] More

  • Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan urge Taliban to commit to peace talks

    Turkey, Pakistan and Afghanistan on Friday called on the Taliban to reaffirm its commitment to “achieving an inclusive negotiated settlement leading to lasting peace in Afghanistan.” This came in a joint statement issued following the meeting between the foreign ministers of three countries. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Afghanistan’s Mohammad Haneef Atmar reiterated their commitment to support a peaceful, sovereign, independent, democratic and united Afghanistan. The joint statement recognized that sustainable peace could be achieved only through an “inclusive Afghan-led and Afghan-owned political process” that aims for a permanent and comprehensive cease-fire along […] More

  • Turkey’s 2020 domestic tourism spending down one-third

    Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Turkey’s domestic tourism expenditures fell 34.1% year-on-year in 2020, the country’s statistical authority said Thursday. Residents spent some 32.2 billion Turkish liras ($4.6 billion) on domestic trips last year, including individual and package tour expenditures, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) said. “While 94.2% of domestic tourism expenditures were individual with some 30.3 billion lira ($4.3 billion), 5.8% were package tour expenditures with nearly 1.9 billion Turkish liras ($270 million),” TurkStat said. Official figures showed domestic visitors made around 469 million overnight trips, while the average number of overnights was 10.9 and average expenditures per trip totaled […] More

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