ANKARA, Turkey – Ankara MP of Turkey’s Republican Peoples Party (CHP) Akin Ustundag revealed on Thursday that 908 tourist facilities along Turkey’s Aegean coastline are now being put up for sale due to the increased threat of terrorist attacks against tourists and the Russian boycott of these facilities following.
“The [tourism] sector has contracted by 35 percent over this year … European tourists have turned towards Greece, Portugal and Spain. Besides, many Western countries have issued security warnings about Turkey amid terror attacks,” Ustundag explained to Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News.”
“When we have added our deteriorating ties with Russia to this equation, we have seen a sharp rise in reservation cancellations,” he added.
Ten German tourists were killed in a suicide bombing in Istanbul last January 12 in an incident which has seen many tourists avoid holidaying to Turkey.
Russia placed economic sanctions on Turkey following Turkey’s shooting down of a Russian warplane in Turkish airspace last November 24. Russia has also banned its citizens from holidaying in Turkey which has affected Turkey’s tourist sector since many Russians used to holiday there.