Turkey to welcome foreign travelers with 'safe tourism'

Domestic tourism in Turkey has begun as it returns to "new normal," and the country is revving up efforts to gradually reopen to international travelers.

In this regard, hotels have started to design their facilities, including buffets, lobbies, and pools, to maintain social distancing.

A safe tourism certification program has also been introduced to ensure if airlines, airports, and other transportation facilities, accommodations, and food venues are fulfilling the set hygiene standards.

Hotels and restaurants are submitting their applications to obtain the certificate based on 150 control points.

According to Muberra Eresin, the head of the Turkish Tourist Hotels and Investors Association (TUROB), Turkey's certification program is one of the most comprehensive in the world.

Pointing to the detailed inspection from the entrance of the hotel to the emergency exit, from rooms to the kitchens, and from halls to the pools, Namli said the certificates will be hung [at reception or in the lobby] such that all customers could see, and find out further details through a QR code.

"For the first time in Turkey, we will audit hotels and restaurants according to criteria similar to NASA's health and hygiene standards," he said.

Last Updated: 7/6/2020 4:06:16 PM