TOURISM > Turk tourists flock to Greek islands

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The number of Turkish tourists visiting the Greek islands has increased. Hürriyet photo

The number of Turkish tourists visiting the Greek islands has increased. Hürriyet photo

Turkish tourists have begun to the Greek islands of Rhodes, Kos, Samos, Chios and Lesvos in the Eastern Aegean in record numbers after the Greek government moved to ease visa restrictions against non-EU citizens at its ports.

“The only breath of fresh air we have been able to breathe has been from the Turks,” said Aris Lazaris, a Lesvos ticket agent, who noted that the number of Turkish tourists to the island had increased 100 percent, while the number of other tourists had fallen by 50 percent. 

The same is true for Chios, according to hotel manager Petros Fengudakis. “Until last year Turks would only come for the day and visit the center of the island. Now we see Turkish visitors all over the island,” he said.


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kerem atan

8/16/2012 11:50:44 AM

if people watch the videos about the 'refugees in greece' and see their miserable conditions, think they might change their minds about traveling to greece. i wouldnt make a trip to greece as i put myself in poor refugees shoes not to mention the turkish community whose ethnic identiy is ignored in greece.

Brit in Turkey

7/31/2012 7:10:10 PM

DutchTurk JANICAR - I think you may be confusing Turkey with the old USSR.

american american

7/28/2012 10:58:37 PM

i guess turkey doesn't need turkish tourists, either.

kerem atan

7/28/2012 6:32:31 PM

turkish tourists are more than welcome right now tho it was demanding for turks to obtain a greek visa before.its somewhat a hypocrisy.im making a conclusion that our greek friends need turkish tourists only when they are in a severe financial crisis.we would be exposed to a strict bureaucracy by greek custom officers and turkish tourists wouldnt be needed if the things went greeces way...


7/28/2012 4:01:00 PM

One time against my wish I was dragged to one of these islands on a friends boat, who thought he was doing me a favor, and we eneded up spending 5 hrs under the sun while he customs officials and the coast guard argued endlessly if they should let us in or not. When demanded that we surrender our passports and spend the night tied to the pier, we high tailed out of there full sail. Going back to Turkey was never sweeter.

john albay

7/28/2012 8:19:49 AM

that is good for both Turkey and greece,much bettter when people can travel freely.

Chris Tahos

7/28/2012 1:47:44 AM

Turkish tourists are more than welcome.During all previous years it was mainly greek tourists who visited Turkey through these islands and this trend continues even now.This cultural exchange will help people to come closer and find out their similarities.It is a situation where everybody wins.Hos geldiniz.


7/28/2012 12:19:17 AM

The Turkish government has to do something about it. All of a sudden the entries are easy. Well Turkiye take measures to keep your money inside. If they want to visit Greece they should be forced to cross Ipsala border crossing, from there they may go where ever they want. This threshold, would make it less attractive to travel there. Since all what is there is also available in Turkey, if not better.
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