Operators say demand down in aftermath

Operators say demand down in aftermath

CLIENTS have been trying to cancel holidays to Turkey’s south coast resorts following news of last week’s earthquake in Izmit.

Midlands Co-op Travel in Birmingham and St Andrews Travel in Bolton have both had enquiries from clients concerned about going to Turkey in the wake of the earthquake.

However, none has pulled their holidays as full cancellation charges apply and they cannot claim on their travel insurance as the Foreign Office has not advised against travel to this area. Resorts were unaffected by the earthquake, which was more than 500 miles away.

St Andrews Travel was offering late availability in Turkey the day after the earthquake, but other agencies said there was no demand.

Mass-market operators Thomson, Airtours and Sunworld said they had not received any calls from clients wanting to cancel.

n Tour operators were relying on e-mail to contact clients in Istanbul after telephone and fax lines to the city went down last Tuesday. “E-mail really came into its own and we were able to establish our clients were safe,” said Cresta marketing manager Jane Williams.


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