Sharp rise in Dutch arrivals to Turkey despite diplomatic spat: Association
A top official from Corendon Tourism on Feb. 8 said the company saw an almost 100 percent year-on-year increase in summer bookings for Turkey, with a significant surge in demand from the Dutch and Belgian markets.
TÜROB also noted that the Netherlands was especially a key market for Turkey’s southern resorts, adding that Istanbul’s cultural and business tourism potentials could have not been efficiently used, however.
The association also recommended Turkish authorities to promote key Turkish destinations as a brand, including Istanbul, Cappadocia and Antalya.
Relations between Turkey and the Netherlands soured ahead of a major referendum in Turkey on shifting to an executive presidential system when Dutch authorities canceled the flight permit of a plane carrying Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.
The Dutch government’s expulsion of Family and Social Policy Minister Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya from Rotterdam and blocking her from addressing the Turkish community in the Netherlands before the April 2017 referendum did not help improve the already blazing row.
The Dutch Foreign Ministry on Feb. 5 said it had formally withdrawn its ambassador to Turkey, who has been physically barred from the country for almost a year, over a dispute that began during March 2017.
The Netherlands may have withdrawn its ambassador to Turkey, but the 400-year-old ties “will be fixed one day,” Dutch Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra told Dutch lawmakers in The Hague on Feb. 7, amid the diplomatic crisis between the two countries.