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Wildfires deliver blow to tourism in Turkey

Ankara has announced that all but two wildfires are under control and is busily reassuring tourists it's safe to return.
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As wildfires in Turkey’s south coast delivered a fresh blow to the struggling tourism sector, the country’s tourism minister appealed to local vacationers not to cancel their bookings in the fire-hit areas.

“We need to tell the whole world that we are returning to normal life quickly,” Mehmet Nuri Ersoy said after an Aug. 7 meeting with representatives of the tourism sector in Bodrum, a coastal town in the southern Aegean region that was a pre-pandemic hotspot for foreign tourists. 

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