Report: Israeli tourism to Turkey down 59% from 2010

June 28, 2011 19:13


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The number of Israeli tourists in Turkey plummeted nearly 60% from this time last year, Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reported on Tuesday.

More than 75,000 Israelis visited Turkey from January to May 2010, while 30,000 Israelis visited Turkey from January to May 2011, according to the report.

Hurriyet suggests that the plummet in Israeli tourism to Turkey is due to the fact that "Turkey’s relationship with Israel has been strained since a May 31, 2010, raid by Israeli commandos on the Mavi Marmara, the lead ship of an international flotilla trying to breach Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip."

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