Turkey was devastated by an earthquake. Here's what that means for tourism
March 18, 2023 at 09:13
CNN —It was shaping up to be a golden year for tourism in Turkey.
On February 6, a massive earthquake close to Turkey’s border with Syria caused major loss of life and leveled entire neighborhoods.
In the coming weeks, Turkey – also known as Türkiye – will be entering the start of its peak tourism season.
Like most of Turkey’s prime tourist spots, Istanbul felt the shockwaves of the February 6 earthquake but sustained no damage.
After the earthquake, tourism decreased in the Antalya region, the sadness that people felt naturally reduced our work considerably,” says Börtücene.
“The earthquake affected us all emotionally,” he says.
“The Aegean region may be on the earthquake fault line but we can’t say that it has adversely affected tourism.
We have a lot of workers who make a living from tourism, in every region in Turkey,” he adds.
“Even though Izmir is far away from the provinces affected by the earthquake, we were overcome with deep sadness,” she says.
“Tourism is important for Turkey, but not just because of economic factors,” Gölcük adds.
“When considering the scientific data, Cappadocia is one of the regions in Turkey with the lowest earthquake risk,” he says.
“Turkey is an earthquake-prone country so what’s important is that structures are sturdy and built according to code,” she says.