Monarch Holidays says reservations for holidays in Turkey are undergoing a renaissance after last year’s deadly terrorist attacks. Product manager Gemma Day explained that a 90 per cent surge in bookings showed tourism in the country was on the rebound.
Ms Day added that the Eastern Mediterranean in general was regaining its popularity with Britons as reservations for holidays to Greece have increased by two thirds when compared to last year. Simon Calder also gave Turkey a vote of confidence and said the risk of not getting an affordable holiday far outweighed the minimal threat of getting caught up in a terror attack.
On ITV’s This Morning show, the travel guru said the threat was low and holidaymakers could bag themselves a bargain as Turkey had fallen out of favour. He carried on by saying he would have no qualms about taking his family to the popular seaside resort of Marmaris or even Istanbul.
Despite a UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) warning that there is a strong likelihood of more terror attacks, Britons seem to think Turkey is not too dangerous. Terrorists struck in Ankara and Istanbul last year and killed scores of people including foreign tourists.
The volatile situation in the country was exacerbated by an attempted coup d’état in July. The FCO advisory notes that elections are due next month and Britons in the country should stay well away from campaign rallies and demonstrations. It added that 1.7 million Britons visited Turkey last year and people going this year should stay tuned in to what is happening around them.