Turkey to Vaccinate All Tourism Professionals By End-May

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Turkish deputy minister of culture and tourism said on Tuesday that the country aims to vaccinate all tourism professionals before the end of May.

Announcing that Turkey aims to complete the COVID-19 vaccination for tourism professionals before the start of the summer season, Nadir Alparslan said Turkey wishes to host the International Tourism Forum virtually organized by the Turkish Travel Agencies Association (TURSAB).

In April, the country initiated a vaccination campaign for tourism-related professionals, including hoteliers, restaurants, airlines, and bus conductors.

“In order to minimize the negative impact of the virus on tourism, the government carries out a number of works with sector shareholders such as [the launch of the] Safe Tourism Certification program,” Alparslan said.

Launched in collaboration with the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Culture and Tourism Ministry, and the Transportation Ministry, the Safe Tourism Certification covers a broad range of safety measures.

The certificate provides reassurance that airlines, airports, and other transport facilities, as well as accommodation outlets and food and beverage venues, remain compliant with strict health and hygiene guidelines.

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