Following the success that Turkey has had in fighting the new coronavirus pandemic and its concrete plans to ensure a safe experience for foreign visitors, the country will be favored as the top summer destination for German tourists this year, a program on German TV channel Welt-TV said.
The program, dedicated to noting up and coming popular European tourist hotspots, predicted that Italy, Spain and France would no longer be favored by tourists given the high risk they still face. The program noted that domestic tourism activities might take place in these countries but international travel would be highly unlikely until the end of the year for many countries in Europe.
The program noted that Turkey had been taking positive steps in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and had several advantages, including the necessary sanitary certifications and holiday centers that could be carefully monitored in the country’s touristic regions.
Turkey is preparing to launch an internationally recognized certification system for “coronavirus-free” touristic areas and facilities in order to help revive the industry, according to the tourism minister, who recently noted that domestic tourism could return to normal by late May.
Turkish hotels are also expected to give up their “open buffet” options at all-inclusive holiday resorts and switch to breakfast plates and set menus.
Staff working in hotel restaurants will also be periodically tested for communicable diseases and a doctor’s presence at all hotels will be crucial, according to Bulut Bağcı, chairman of the World Tourism Forum Institute.