Mediterranean ObserverSeptember 24, 2021

The number of foreigners visiting Turkey more than doubled in August, official data showed Friday, in a major bounce back from a year ago when strict COVID-19 lockdown measures were still in place. To the relief of holidaymakers and travel agencies, British tourists have started returning to Turkey, after the country was last week removed […]

Mediterranean ObserverSeptember 13, 2021

In the Samandağ district of southern Turkey’s Hatay province, the Vespasianus Titus Tunnel, or simply the Titus Tunnel, is a magnificent ancient structure constructed by 1,000 slaves to prevent floodwaters in the area, has been garnering particular attention from tourists. The Titus Tunnel was a mega project 2,000 years ago carved into the mountain, and […]

Mediterranean ObserverSeptember 9, 2021

Istanbul Airport was named the second-best airport in the world according to the “Top 10 International Airports” listing by New York-based Travel and Leisure magazine’s “World’s Best Awards 2021” survey. The top 10 were determined by evaluations from the magazine’s readers, in which Istanbul’s mega airport received 91.17 points, carrying it to the second spot […]

Mediterranean ObserverSeptember 7, 2021

According to the cultural heritage statistics of the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat), the number of museums in Turkey increased by 5.8% in 2020 compared to the previous year and reached 494. There were 467 museums in 2019. The statistics also showed that 205 of the museums are under the Culture and Tourism Ministry, while 289 […]

Mediterranean ObserverSeptember 3, 2021

Turkey has amended its entry guidance for passengers in line with steps to curb the spread of COVID-19, the Interior Ministry said in a circular set to go into effect on Saturday. According to the circular, direct flights from countries on the red list will be suspended until further notice. These countries include Brazil, South […]

Mediterranean ObserverSeptember 2, 2021

Istanbul Airport, which is the world’s largest airport with an annual passenger capacity of 90 million and the most important global transfer center in the region, continues to receive awards from respected institutions of the aviation industry for its strong infrastructure, efficient operation, superior technology and outstanding travel experience, the airport’s operator, IGA, said in […]

Mediterranean ObserverSeptember 1, 2021

The City with 1,001 Churches,” “The City with 40 Gates,” and the “Cradle of Civilizations” – all of these names are used to describe the famous Ani Ruins in northeastern Turkey’s Kars province, and ongoing archaeological excavations at the UNESCO World Heritage site aim to increase the interest of tourists at the ancient city. The […]


Just under 12 million people visited Turkey in the first seven months of 2021, a significant increase on the same period last year. Tourist numbers remain considerably lower than in 2019, however, when the country welcomed over 45 million foreigners. According to the latest figures released by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism on […]


Egypt, Jordan and Israel are busy preparing for the future, investing significant funds and efforts into improving important religious and heritage sites. Despite the cautious optimism expressed by many countries’ tourism ministries and tour operators throughout the region during the summer, COVID-19 remains, and the tourism sector in all of the Middle East is bleeding. […]

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