Turkey says Israel tourist absence no serious effect on economy

Gunay said that he expected Israeli tourists to continue to come to Turkey in a few weeks as Turkey offered them the opportunity to spend a comfortable, cheap and safe holiday.

Turkey says Israel tourist absence no serious effect on economy

The Turkish tourism minister said on Friday that there was only an instant halt in Israeli tourists' visits to Turkey after the recent developments in relations between the two countries, adding such pause would not have much effect on Turkey's tourism.

Turkish Culture & Tourism Minister Ertugrul Gunay replied to questions of reporters during his visit to the newly appointed governor of Ankara Alaaddin Yuksel.

Upon a question on whether Israel's calling back its citizens following the recent tension in the Mediterranean would have any effects on Turkish tourism, Gunay said, "We will experience a certain problem for a short period. Because, Israel has taken an unexplainable and irrational stance in breach of international law against the help efforts of citizens of Turkey and other countries of the region".

Gunay said that Israel, acting with anger and acrimony, currently called on its citizens not to travel to Turkey.

"We are experiencing an instant halt at the moment. However, Turkey is a big country which is a trademark in tourism. I don't think that absence of a couple of thousands of Israeli tourists will not have a serious effect on millions of tourists visiting Turkey," he said.

Gunay also noted that Turkey's anger or criticism were not against Israeli people.

"Just like the people of other countries, Israelis are our guests. It is our responsibility to host them and send them back to their country safely," Gunay said.

"Besides, we know that Israelis will soon have the will to get rid of this government that causes them problems in the Middle East. Because, this government does severe harm to the Middle East, peace and Israeli people," the Turkish minister said.

Gunay also said that he expected Israeli tourists to continue to come to Turkey in a few weeks as Turkey offered them the opportunity to spend a comfortable, cheap and safe holiday.

On May 31, an Israeli raid on the convoy of ships with more than 600 activists on board killed 9 people and injured nearly 30 others. Preliminary statements had said 4 of the dead were Turks. It was later revealed that 8 of the 9 people who died in the attack were Turkish citizens and one was a U.S. citizen of Turkish descent.

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