Coronavirus: Turkey unveils ‘safe tourism’ certificates plan – Tourism

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ISTANBUL – Turkey will be trying to revive tourism after the sector was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The sector is strategic for the country’s economy and will begin to reopen in late May with domestic travel. Starting in June, Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy said, international flight connections will gradually reopen with countries that are considered less at risk. In the attempt to save the summer tourism season, Ankara has launched a monitoring plan for safety in transportation, hotels and restaurants and aims to bring in a certification system concerning prevention measures against COVID-19. The program includes 132 criteria to be complied with, such as hygiene standards, logistical reorganisation in order to ensure social distancing and appropriate personnel training. In the first three months of the year, tourist arrivals in the country from abroad dropped by 22.1% on the year and the turnover for January and February dropped by 11.4% to 4.1 billion dollars. 

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