Turkey reopened tourist sites and hotels across the country on June 1st, while continuing long-distance travel and domestic flights. In mid-June, the country opened flights for foreign visitors.
European travelers in Turkey
Industry representatives confirmed that reservations for Turkey’s hotspots rose in July and August. In the meantime, the resorts have confirmed that they can offer a safe, controlled vacation to those who travel.
Kaan Kavaloglu, one of the board members of the Turkish Hotel Investors Association in Turkey’s hotel industry, said the sector had to change dramatically and experience a new style of preparation in order to be open to visitors. He further said: “We must be able to guarantee a safe holiday opportunity to our guests, domestic and international.”
Kavaloglu said the industry expects European travelers to start visiting as soon as the borders open. The European Union’s initial plan to continue tourism was not suitable for many citizens as they wanted to visit the Mediterranean coasts of Turkey and the popular resort of Antalya.
Kavaloglu also confirmed the following: “Our foreign guests have not canceled their reservations for July and August. In fact, we have secured a significant number of bookings from the European market. ”
Antalya hosts more than four million tourists from Germany alone, and their travels are vital to the recovery of Turkey’s tourism industry. The Minister of Tourism confirmed that hotels, tourist places, domestic flights and intercity trips have been renovated since June 1.
What can tourists expect in Turkey?
When visitors arrive at the hotel of their choice, they will need to check the temperature before moving to the front desk adhering to the social distance sign. Hotel rooms will now use disposable cups, and items such as a TV remote control will be placed in disposable bags. Each room will be thoroughly disinfected upon departure of visitors.
Restaurant tables will be arranged according to the rules of social distancing and there will be no buffet-style style options that guests will touch with their hands, instead the staff will serve the food requested directly to the table.
Tourists in Turkey should not worry
The Russian, who settled in Turkey 10 years ago and acquired dual citizenship in 2018, said the following: “Turkey is the only country where the health sector is not experiencing a crisis due to the virus. That’s why I keep convincing the Russians not to worry about coming here. ”
Another emigrant who has lived in Antalya for years and owns the company praised the Turkish Ministry of Health for the way they brought the entire pandemic under control. She said: “My message to tourists is not to be afraid. We are waiting for your arrival. ”
Due to the swift action taken by Turkey when the virus first struck, it appears to bring huge benefits compared to some countries that were not so prepared.