Jan 11 2018

German tourists flocking back to Turkey

German tourists are starting to flock back to Turkey after a slump in reservations brought on by terrorism attacks, a failed military coup and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's rhetoric against Berlin.

Reservations for next year are up by 70 percent on 2017 and tourism operators are laying on planes to carry an extra 100,000 people, Deutsche Welle reported citing Stefan Baumert, chief operating officer at tourism operator TUI Deutschland, the German unit of the world's biggest travel group.

Turkey has locked up German citizens  it accuses of backing terrorist groups and Erdoğan has slated Germany for criticising his human rights record and harbouring members of the Fethullah Gülen movement, which he blames for the coup attempt. Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu met  German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel at the weekend, calling for a reset in diplomatic relations.

Reservations have risen by 125 percent for Tunisia and 58 percent for Egypt, Baumert said at a tourism fair in the city of Stuttgart.

While tourists were showing intense interest in the three countries, Spain, the Balearics and the Canary Islands were maintaining their positions as the No. 1 preference of holidaymakers, with reservations also climbing, Baumert said.