Turkish officials have said that the country’s resorts will continue to offer all-inclusive and buffet services to tourists in response to calls that they could cause the spread of COVID-19 or other viruses.
Sururi Chorabatyr, head of the Turkish Hoteliers Federation, said: “Turkey will not give up all-inclusive services.”
He added: “Contracts for the provision of these services were signed by travel agents and hotels long before COVID-19 came along.”
Chorabatyr said that the country’s hotels will continue to provide all-inclusive and buffet services as normal.
He commented: “The media misinterpreted the minister’s words when he spoke about strengthening sanitary measures as well as increasing social distancing and changing some aspects of how we provide services.”
Last week, the minister of culture and tourism Mehmet Ersoy suggested that hotels may stop buffets to provide extra epidemiological safety for their guests, according to reports.
However, Chorabatyr said the same services will continue, but with improved safety measures for tourists and hotel staff.
He also said that the tourist season could restart at the end of May if, as he suggests, the worst of the pandemic is confirmed to be over by the end of April.
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