At Turkish resort, Arabs fill Israeli rooms

16.10.2011                      18.Tischrei. 5772                       Chol Hamo'ed 2

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At Turkish resort, Arabs fill Israeli rooms

While upheavals in the Middle East have increased Turkey's popularity as a holiday destination for Arabs, Israeli tourists have vanished.

Old Town at dusk in this resort city on the Mediterranean coast is filled with hawkers selling jewelry, clothes and souvenirs. Shopkeepers easily transition from speaking Turkish to Russian, Polish and German as they spy tourists tentatively approaching their shops. Yet Hebrew, once among the languages mastered by bazaar sellers, is virtually non-existent.
The annual number of Israeli tourists to Turkey has always been modest. However, resorts and shop owners recognize the potential for a greater Israeli presence on the beaches and in hotels. Israeli tourism to Turkey remains a fledgling enterprise, but the worsening diplomatic crisis between the two countries has damaged the progress made in recent years to attract more visitors….