The Changing Tourism Patterns Between Turkey and Israel: Reflecting a Troubled Relationship
In the 1990s and early 2000s, Turkey was one of the most popular destinations for Israelis traveling abroad. This is perhaps not surprising given the value per money of the Turkish resorts in the Turkish Riviera, and the geographical proximity between the countries. As Israel has troubled relations with many Muslim countries, the fact that hundreds of thousands of Israelis vacationed in Turkey was quite notable. All this came to a halt in 2008–2009, as the number of Israeli-Jewish tourists to Turkey began to decline substantially. This article looks at the changing tourism patterns between Turkey and Israel from 2007 to 2017. Whereas there has been a substantial decrease in the number of Israeli-Jews traveling to Turkey, there has been an increase in the number of Israeli-Arabs traveling there. Other interesting trends have been the highly successful Istanbul–Tel Aviv route that Turkish Airlines operates and the rise in the number of tourists coming from Turkey to Israel. The article will analyze all of these trends and show also how they interact.