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June 9, 2016

The Ministry of Council Continues to Support Distressed Travel Agencies


In 2015 the number of tourists visiting Turkey has dramatically decreased as a result of the increase in terrorist attacks and uncertainties created therefore. In consequence, the Council of Ministers (“Ministry”) rendered a decision to provide financial assistance to A group travel agencies that bring tourists to Turkey. This financial support is worth $6.000 per flight to Gazipaşa-Alanya / Antalya / Dalaman / Milas – Bodrum Airports (for scheduled or non-scheduled flights) and İzmir Adnan Menderes / Kütahya Zafer airports (for non-scheduled flights only) arriving between 1 April 2016 and 31 May 2016.

This decision has been limited to a certain period, however the crisis in tourism still continues. Therefore in 6 June 2016, the Ministry rendered a new decision to amend the validity period of the previous decision which is now extended until August 31. In addition the Ministry decided that the payments will be increased %30 for the non-scheduled flights occurring between 1 June and 31 August 2016 which bring at least 150 passengers with airplanes having 200 or more seats.

Please see this link for the full text of the amendment. (Available in Turkish)