Violent clashes in Turkey have made tourism industry nervous. What started with small protest over the demolition at the Gezi Park a week ago has only escalated and now experts fear a fresh wave of Arab Spring movement.
This is certainly not good news for tourism industry. Violent protests have largely been seen in Istanbul and Ankara. Some fear that it could spread to other cities in Turkey as well.
Several people have been killed in police firing and thousands have been injured. The reaction from world community has already begun. United States and United Kingdom have issued travel advisory for Turkey.
However the protests are yet to dent tourism says tour operators. There is no crisis as for now but if situation remained the same or further escalated, then Turkish tourism could face similar fate as Egypt tourism.
According to tour operators that problem so far has been in the center of Istanbul. Tourists do not visit the center of the city instead its surroundings. A large number of tourists do not even visit Istanbul but travel to the coastal areas.
At best the prices could be affected. In case there is any drop in arrivals, tour operators may start offering discount to counter the decline in tourist arrivals.
Although there are some tour operators who believe that if situation remained the same, it is going to hurt tourism. Same excuses were given when Egypt protests started but it ended up hurting the tourism.
Situation in Turkey is not that bad. But if the week long protests turn into Arab spring that situation could worsen for the tourism industry.