Turkey to ensure 21,000 U.K. holidaymakers unaffected by Thomas Cook failure

Turkey’s government has taken measures to ensure that British citizens holidaying in the country are unaffected by the collapse of travel company Thomas Cook at the weekend.

A total of 21,033 British tourists who booked their vacations with Thomas Cook are currently in Turkey, Dünya newspaper reported, citing a statement by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

“Legal measures will be taken should hotels demand fees from guests or demand that they vacate rooms,” the ministry said, adding that the cost of tourists’ accommodation is covered by Britain’s financial protection scheme ATOL.

The governor’s office of Antalya, Turkey’s most popular destination for foreign tourists, has set up a crisis centre to ensure Thomas Cook customers are unaffected by the company’s demise, Dünya said.

The government will also offer special loans for Turkish hoteliers and other local tourism companies affected by the winding up of Thomas Cook, the newspaper reported.