Jerusalem-Ankara tensions are having an adverse
effect on Turkish tourism, with seven percent fewer Israelis planning a
vacation there during 2010 compared with last year.
According to the findings of a survey held prior
to IMTM 2010 - Israel's international tourism fair, to be held February
9/10 at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds - among Israelis planning to holiday
abroad during 2010, only 9% said they would do so in Turkey, compared
with 16% who said they were planning a vacation there in 2009.
The survey was held two weeks ago by the GeoCartographia Market
Research Institute among 500 men and women representing the adult
Jewish population in Israel.
Eyal Shimoni, publisher and editor-in-chief of Israel Travel
News and one of the initiators of IMTM, said diplomatic tensions
between Israel and Turkey were definitely a factor Israelis considered
when choosing their holiday destinations.
"The crisis in relations between Turkey and Israel
is having an effect, and leading Israeli tourists to seek out other
places for their vacation," he said. "The Turks are aware of the
problem, and are planning to attend the tourism fair this year in order
to make every effort to block this downward trend, and tempt the
Israeli tourist back to their country, using a number of creative
The survey also shows that there has been a 12% increase in the
number of Israelis planning to vacation in 2010 in the Far East (28%
this year compared with 16% last year), and in Greece, Cyprus and the
islands (31% this year compared with 19% last year).
It also shows a 10% increase among Israelis
planning to vacation in Europe (74% this year compared with 64% last
year), an increase of 8% in Israelis planning a holiday in Sinai (13%
this year compared with 5% last year), and an increase of 4% among
Israelis planning to vacation in the US (43% this year compared with
39% last year).
All-in-all, 62% of Israelis are planning a vacation in 2010 - a
4% decrease - 23% of them in Israel, 21% abroad, 15% are planning a
holiday in Israel and abroad, and 3% are planning a holiday but have
not yet decided where.