Turkey hopes lockdown rescues tourism season

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Published 05 May,2021 via Hürriyet Daily News – Turkey is pinning its hopes on the health safety program and the pandemic-related lockdown for the new tourism season after a rapid coronavirus rise wiped out many early foreign bookings and prompted Russia, its top source of visitors, to halt flights.

Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy on May 4 participated in an online G20 Ministerial Meeting organized under the rotating presidency of Italy.

“I shared my remarks for the recovery of tourism and the latest developments on the Safe Tourism Certificate in Turkey,” he said in a tweet.

Around 30 million foreigners could arrive this year, twice as many as last, if the lockdown succeeds in lowering daily COVID-19 cases to below 5,000 from near 30,000 in recent days, the tourism minister told Reuters on May 3.

“As of June 1, we will open the tourist season, and if we can reduce the number of daily cases to below 5,000, we can maintain our

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