If the ongoing protests were not enough, now Turkey tourism is facing another hurdle. The government decision of curbing alcohol sales has not gone down well with the Turkey tourism.
The bill was sent to the President Abdullah Gul who has given not to it. Under the new rules, sales of alcohol is prohibited between 10pm to 6am. The decision is taken to tackle alcohol abuse in the country.
However tourism industry is spektical of this decision. It feels that there are better ways to deal with alcohol abuse. The decision to curb sales of alcohol is not going to help in tackling the problem.
Instead it will create a new problem, that too for the tourism industry. The tourism body feels that decision will definitely have negative impact on the tourist arrivals. TUROB tourism industry association feels that such decision will not help in achieving the revenue targets set for the future.
Turkey is aiming 50 million tourists by 2023 and $50 billion in revenues from tourism. To achieve the target, average spending per tourist should increase from $800 at present to $1000. However it is not likely to happen if government decides to curb the sale of alcohol.
Some tour operators feel that this decision will further harm the image of Turkey as tourist friendly destination. The ongoing protests are showing no sign of slowing down. What started as peaceful protests have turned violent.
When world media is showing people clashing with the police on daily basis, it is not good for the tourism. No matter how much you try, it will certainly paint a negative image of the country.