A man walks in the Turkey's historical part of Ulus with the newly built Melike Hatun Mosque.
The Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry launched a two-day program to introduce the country's "safe tourism" concept to ambassadors to Turkey in the Mediterranean province of Antalya during the COVID-19 pandemic.
More than 40 ambassadors and numerous foreign journalists would experience the measures implemented at the tourism facilities in the region against coronavirus, the ministry said in a statement on Friday, Xinhua news agency reported.
Turkish officials would present the Safe Tourism Certification Program, which defines an extensive series of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of tourists both in accommodation and transportation.
The facilities in the region made arrangements to ensure the social distancing rule and hygiene at a maximum level in line with the new rules stated in the certification program.
During their stay in Antalya, ambassadors and journalists would have the chance to monitor every step of the precautions in planes, airports, hotels, beaches, pools, and other tourist attractions.
Antalya is among Turkey's most popular tourism leisure destinations for both local and foreign travellers, offering sea, sun and sand, as well as many cultural tourism activities.
On June 1, Turkey eased its restrictions against COVID-19, allowing restaurants, cafes, parks, beaches, sports facilities including swimming pools, and museums to resume their operations.
Just two roofs poke through the vast expanse of an artificial lake that has swallowed a Turkish town whose caves and pre-Ottoman ruins once drew in global tourists.
Turkey's Mediterranean coasts and historic attractions face a critical week as the government presses to open borders and salvage at least part of a tourist season already battered by the coronavirus pandemic.
Global tourism slowed in 2019 due to a cooling world economy, especially in Europe and Asia where uncertainties linked to Brexit and protests existed.
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