Keytours Vacations reports that it is seeing a surge in demand for travel to Turkey.
In a statement provided to Travel Agent Keytours VP Sales Nigel Osborne said that demand for flexible custom FIT and group vacations is up over 40 percent for 2018, with Turkey demand surging over 25 percent.
Keytours CEO and Founder Koray Edemen, who is a native of Turkey, stated that Turkey demand has rebounded both worldwide and from the United States.
Travel to turkey had suffered following a failed coup attempt in 2016. The coup attempt, along with a series of terrorist attacks, prompted most major cruise lines to cancel their calls to Istanbul and other ports in the country. Then, in late 2017, the issuance of visas between the United States and Turkey was suspended over a diplomatic dispute stemming from the arrest of a U.S. consulate employee.
Full visa services resumed in December 2017, however, and since then a number of major travel suppliers have once again begun to offer travel products in Turkey. In March Celestyal Cruises said that it would begin calling in Istanbul again in 2019 as part of a series of new itineraries visiting destinations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In April, Pleasant Holidays and its luxury brand, Journese, likewise resumed offering travel in Istanbul and Turkey.
Keytours Vacations is also offering tours to Turkey. Packages range from 11 day to 15 day itineraries, exploring destinations that include Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Ephesus and more.
Visas to Turkey can now be purchased for as little as $20 either at the airport or online at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/.