We have been watching the crises this past 14 days; firstly the weather crisis in Prague and secondly, the on-going and escalating crisis in Turkey. As I write this article, it seems that the Turkish Authorities have taken a tough line against the protestors. This is a critical phase for Turkey as its image is important for the well-being of its 2020 Olympic dream! It is not for anyone outside Turkey to moralise on the rights and wrongs of a situation, but I will say, what I said repeatedly during the Tunisian & Egyptian crises, that concern and respect must always be shown to the people; it is they and only they who have to live with a given situation. As Consumers, we should simply try to understand their complaints and problems and where necessary allow time for a country in strife to heal.
The opposite side of the situation is the concern now being expressed by intending holidaymakers about their safety.
Like Egypt & Tunisia before, we expressed the view that travel companies should have heed to those fears and provide Consumer Rights as granted under The Package Travel Regulations where a 'significant change' arises.
In addition, government must also assume its responsibility and provide detailed and informed guidance to UK citizens.
It is clear that protests have been raised in parts of Turkey outside Istanbul, notably in some of the Mediterranean resorts. This fact has been acknowledged by FCO and the tourist authorities and the latter have expressed the fear that if the protests continue, this might affect their tourist trade.
Given the numbers of calls we have started to receive from worried holidaymakers, we thought it would be a good idea to link you to some of our earlier guidance to those who went to Egypt & Tunisia! Whilst this guidance relates to those countries, it could equally apply to those intending to visit Turkey if the situation develops!