Concern over Istanbul tourism after ISIS attack

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TRAVEL GAZETTE  – The deadly suicide attack in the heart of Istanbul on Tuesday that killed 11 people has exposed the vulnerability of Turkey to serious security challenges in a turbulent region where terrorism is on the rise.

“This is a blowback from the ongoing criminal activities by terrorist groups operating in Turkey’s troubled neighbours in the southeast, namely Syria and Iraq,” Mehmet Seyfettin Erol, the professor of international relations told the Chinese News Agency Xinhua.

He also underlined that another goal was to hurt tourism industry.

Istanbul is a city that generates one third of tourism revenue for Turkey that hosted 36 million tourists in 2015.

He blamed the government for not taking precautions in a place that is considered to be the heart of tourism in Istanbul.

The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli also highlighted the failure in intelligence and security services.

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