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Embattled Turkish Tourism Encroaches on Education

Embattled Turkish Tourism Encroaches on EducationEmbattled Turkish Tourism Encroaches on Education

The planned reopening date for schools in Turkey has been rescheduled from Sept. 14 to Sept. 28 in line with requests from the tourism sector to postpone schools’ opening until after the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday to promote Eid vacations. The tourism sector has seen declining tourists and income figures this year due to a number of factors, including the economic crisis in Russia, as well as rising security concerns in Turkey, BGN News reported. Foreign arrivals fell 2.25 percent to 14.89 million people in the first six months, data from the Tourism Ministry showed. Turkey’s tourism income also decreased by 13.8 percent in the second quarter of the year, down $7.73 billion compared to the same period of the previous year, according to data from the Turkish Statistics Institute. Due to lower than expected revenue over the summer, the mayors of three Aegean resort towns in Mugla called on the education and tourism ministries to postpone the start of the school year by two weeks to include the Feast of Sacrifice holiday.