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Turkey travel & tourism news for travelers and travel professionals. Latest travel and tourism news on Turkey. Latest news on safety, hotels, resorts, attractions, tours and transportation in Turkey. Istanbul Travel information. Turkey is a nation straddling eastern Europe and western Asia with cultural connections to ancient Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Cosmopolitan Istanbul, on the Bosphorus Strait, is home to the iconic Hagia Sophia, with its soaring dome and Christian mosaics, the massive 17th-century Blue Mosque and the circa-1460 Topkapı Palace, former home of sultans. Ankara is Turkey’s modern capital.

Istanbul Airport awarded 5-Star rating

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- December 18, 2020 18:53

Rising firmly in the global aviation scene with its unique architecture, strong infrastructure, superior technology and high-level travel experience it offers, Istanbul Airport was deemed worthy of the "5-Star Airport" ... Read More

Istanbul Airport awarded 5-star COVID-19 rating

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- December 15, 2020 15:05

Rising firmly in the global aviation scene with its unique architecture, strong infrastructure, superior technology and high-level travel experience it offers, Istanbul Airport was deemed worthy of the "5-Star Airport" ... Read More

Accor expands with new hotels in India and Turkey

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- November 23, 2020 22:53

Accor, an augmented hospitality group, has added India and Turkey to its Middle East & Africa region. The newly expended region will now comprise of a portfolio of more than ... Read More

Turkey shuts down all restaurants and cafes, orders weekend curfews

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- November 17, 2020 23:09

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced today that a partial curfew will be introduced on weekends, due to the increase in the number of new cases of COVID-19. In addition, ... Read More

Istanbul ready for Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix 2020

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- November 13, 2020 15:15

The highly anticipated Istanbul leg of Formula 1, which is closely followed by motorsports fans and is considered the largest event in the world in its field, will take place ... Read More

Turkey bans street smoking over COVID-19 concerns

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- November 11, 2020 22:01

Due to the increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 in Turkey, the country's authorities have introduced a ban on smoking on crowded streets and at public transport stops. ... Read More

People in Izmir racing against time after Earthquake

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- November 1, 2020 19:54

In a once picture perfect tourism setting in Izmir, Turkey more than 2,000 people will spend another night in tents. Many fear to go back inside their homes as aftershocks ... Read More

Powerful aftershock follows deadly Turkey earthquake

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- October 31, 2020 16:16

A strong 5.0 magnitude aftershock was detected off Turkey's Aegean Sea coast. The tremor followed the catastrophic earthquake that killed at least 27 and injured over 800 across Turkey and ... Read More

Turkey Tourism becomes a member of world’s leading tourism organizations

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- October 30, 2020 18:52

Turkey Tourism Promotion and Development Agency (TGA) which is responsible for the promotion and development of Turkey as a tourism brand, initiated its membership with leading tourism organizations in the ... Read More

Death, destruction and tsunami: Huge earthquake hits Turkey

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- October 30, 2020 15:46

A strong earthquake has struck off Turkey's Aegean coast. The Turkish authority has measured the earthquake at 6.6 in magnitude, while both the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) and the United ... Read More

US travelers warned about possible terror attacks in Turkey

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- October 23, 2020 18:39

The U.S. Mission in Turkey has received credible reports of potential terrorist attacks and kidnappings against U.S. citizens and foreign nationals in Istanbul, including against the U.S. Consulate General, as well ... Read More

Pegasus Airlines launches new Antalya – Moscow flight

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- October 22, 2020 15:27

Pegasus, Turkey’s digital airline, is adding a new route to its growing number of direct flights from Antalya, Turkey, with the launch of its direct flights to Moscow.  The inaugural ... Read More

Destroying Cruise Ships is big Business in Turkey

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- October 3, 2020 17:47

Business is booming at the Aliaga Shipyard in western Turkey, where five hulking cruise ships are being dismantled for scrap metal sales after the COVID-19 pandemic all but destroyed the cruise industry. ... Read More

Tourists fleeing, but it’s not only COVID-19 on this Greek Island

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- September 20, 2020 13:35

Tourists on this Greek island got scared and got on their cell phones to get information and see what happened. A little later, they picked up the towels and umbrellas ... Read More

11 Russian tourists injured in Turkey tour bus crash

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- September 18, 2020 13:48

A spokesman for the Russian consulate general in Turkey said that at least eleven tourists from Russian Federation were injured in a road accident involving two tour buses near Alanya ... Read More

Pegasus Airlines launches flights to Karachi, Pakistan

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- September 14, 2020 15:30

Turkey's digital airline, Pegasus, continues to expand its international network with the launch of its new Karachi route.  Flights to Karachi, the capital city of the Sindh Province in Pakistan ... Read More

Istanbul Airport receives health accreditation from Airport Council International

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- September 7, 2020 15:47

Having made its mark with the health measures taken during the COVID-19 pandemic, along with its unique architecture, strong infrastructure, superior technologies and the outstanding travel experience offered to passengers, ... Read More

Turkey converts another church from museum to mosque, triggers Greek backlash

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- August 22, 2020 16:11

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered to transfer Byzantine Chora church in Istanbul into the care of the Religious Affairs Directorate. The church will no longer be used as a ... Read More

Istanbul Airport unveils new airport museum

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- August 17, 2020 23:29

Istanbul Airport, Turkey's gateway to the world, breaks new grounds with a new airport museum available to all international passengers. The Istanbul Airport Museum will kick off with the "Treasures ... Read More

Non-stop to Tel Aviv from Dubai on Emirates, from Abu Dhabi on Etihad makes Turkish Airlines nervous

The Media Line The Media Line- August 17, 2020 09:55

The historic peace accord between Israel and the United Arab Emirates represents a potential turning point for air travel and business investments in the region, tourism experts believe. While details ... Read More

Russia resumes flights to Turkey’s resorts of Antalya, Bodrum and Dalaman

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- August 11, 2020 01:10

Russia announced the resumption of air travel from select Russian airports to several Turkish resort destination. Passenger air traffic between two countries had been halted ever since Russia and Turkey ... Read More

Turkey’s tourism is going through hard times

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- August 10, 2020 16:10

Turkish tourism sector is going through hard times. World’s sixth most popular travel destination has been dented by waves of travel restrictions and cancellations worldwide amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Turkey ... Read More

Catastrophic fall of lira could be blessing in disguise for Turkish tourism

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- August 7, 2020 18:12

Turkish lira keeps hitting record lows against the major currencies on exchange markets due to years of debt accumulation and the unwillingness of President Erdogan to increase interest rates. The ... Read More

Airbus converted into Turkey’s largest restaurant up for sale for $1.44 million

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- August 5, 2020 00:58

An Airbus A340 passenger aircraft, converted into Turkey's largest airplane restaurant, is being offered for sale for 10,000,000 Turkish liras ($1.442 million), Istanbul real estate agency announced today. A long-range, ... Read More

Pegasus Airlines signs up to EASA COVID-19 Aviation Health Safety Protocol

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- July 30, 2020 19:59

Pegasus Airlines has signed up to the COVID-19 Aviation Health Safety Protocol published jointly by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Center for Disease Prevention and ... Read More

Countries Americans can travel to on vacation during COVID-19

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- July 19, 2020 04:20

With 3,844,271 Americans were sick with the Coronavirus after 47,5 million were tested out of a total population of 331 Million. The undetected number of COVID-19 sick may be significantly ... Read More

Turkish Airlines returning to Russia

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- July 15, 2020 00:26

Turkish Airlines, the national flag carrier airline of Turkey, announced that is is planning to resume flights to six cities in Russian Federation starting on August 1. "After being away ... Read More

Istanbul’s world-famous tourist attraction converted into a mosque

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- July 10, 2020 15:59

Turkish government announced that Istanbul's world-famous tourist attraction will be turned into a mosque, citing today's court decision. Turkish court ruled on Friday that the 1934 decree converting Istanbul's ancient ... Read More

Pegasus Airlines resuming flights to Tel Aviv

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- July 9, 2020 16:18

Following the temporary suspension of flights as part of the restrictions to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, Pegasus Airlines flights to Tel Aviv are resuming. The three-times weekly flights, which will ... Read More

ReTurkey: Turkey introduces ‘Safe Tourism’ program

Mario Masciullo - eTN Italy Mario Masciullo - eTN Italy- June 30, 2020 01:00

Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism, Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, called a meeting with the ambassadors of the top tourism source countries and the international media in Antalya, to brief them ... Read More

Turkey’s President inaugurates third runway at Istanbul Airport

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- June 16, 2020 01:52

Istanbul Airport opened the third independent runway that was inaugurated in a ceremony by president Recep Tayyip Erdogan calling it “Turkey’s pride” when three Turkish Airlines flights took off from ... Read More

Safest leisure travel destinations for Summer 2020 named

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- June 13, 2020 16:59

The World Tourism and Travel Council recognized Portugal, Turkey and Saudi Arabia as the safest destinations for leisure travel this summer. These countries have introduced special security protocols, the organization’s ... Read More

Pegasus Airlines resumes international flights tomorrow, 13 June

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- June 12, 2020 15:58

Following the temporary suspension of flights as part of the restrictions to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, Pegasus Airlines’ international flights will be resuming on 13 June 2020 with flights to ... Read More

Turkey’s Pegasus Airlines re-launches domestic flights

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- June 4, 2020 16:17

Following the temporary suspension of flights on 28 March 2020 as part of the restrictions to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, Pegasus Airlines relaunched domestic flights on 1 June 2020 and ... Read More

Turkey resumes passenger train services at half capacity

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- May 28, 2020 23:51

Turkey resumed passenger train services, following a two-month suspension, as the authorities relaxed restrictions put in place to contain the spread of COVID-19 virus. Inter-city train services re-started on a ... Read More

Traveling with Health Certificate: Turkish Tourism sets rules for visitors

The Media Line The Media Line- April 26, 2020 22:36

The Tourism Minister of Turkey Mehmet Nuri Ersoy is ready to rebuild tourism to the country the first week of May. The key is a health certificate. The minister did ... Read More

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