Nov 27 2017

Early bookings by U.K. tourists surge

Bookings by British holidaymakers to Turkey are on the rise, according to a tourism association.

The number of tourists from the U.K. making early bookings to destinations in Turkey next summer have increased by 79 percent compared with last year, the Hotels Association of Turkey said.

Almost 150,000 people have made early reservations, the association said in a statement at the weekend. But Istanbul saw a 33 percent decrease, it said.

Bookings to Turkey from countries across the globe slumped in 2016 after multiple-bomb attacks in major cities and a diplomatic crisis with Moscow over the shooting down of a Russian jet. Revenues have recovered in 2017, but are still short of previous highs.

To read the full report in Turkish