Only about 1,000 Turkish tourists out of an originally estimated 4,000 will visit the island of Lesvos on September 23rd to 27th, which marks the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, because of the situation caused by the arrival of refugees during the last few months, the owner of a local travel agency told ANA-MPA on Monday.
“Those who have arrived in the last week for two-three days leave on the same day, cancelling their overnight stays and everything else they had arranged to do during their stay on the island. Everyone says that they cannot stay in Lesvos for holidays because of the situation created in the city center, especially the port,” Aris Lazaris, who transfers about 80 pct of tourists from the Turkish coast to the island, told the agency. He also added that, even from those 1,000, it is not clear how many will remain on the island.
Lazaris cited a letter he received from a tourist agency in Izmir, owned by the vice-president of the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TURSAB), in which it is stated that the sale of trips to Lesvos have plummeted in Turkey “because of the large number of immigrants and the impact of their presence affects life on Lesvos”.