September 23, 2019 / 8:52 AM / 10 months ago

Turkey could lose up to 700,000 tourists annually after Thomas Cook collapse -hotel federation

ISTANBUL, Sept 23 (Reuters) - The head of Turkey's Hoteliers Federation said on Monday the collapse of British tourism agency Thomas Cook means Turkey could see 600,000-700,000 fewer tourists annually.

In an interview, Osman Ayik told Reuters there are currently 45,000 tourists in Turkey that came from the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe via Thomas Cook.

The Federation's chairman added the company owes 100,000-200,000 pounds to some small hotels, which could suffer as a result of the collapse. (Reporting by Ceyda Caglayan; Writing by Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by Jonathan Spicer)

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