Author(s): Serkan POLAT

This article examines the political tension and crisis in Turkey-Israel relations and its effects on the number of Israeli, Iranian, and Arab tourists visiting Turkey. Turkey-Israel relations are examined in two periods: crisis period and non-crisis period. In protest of the Gaza blockade, military operations conducted by Israel aimed at the fleet from Turkey was determined to be the beginning of the crisis period in Turkey-Israel relations. The research data were obtained from secondary sources. The data obtained from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism were analysed with descriptive analysis and two independent groups t-test. According to the results of the analysis, there was a statistically significant difference between the crisis period and non-crisis period in Turkey-Israel relations in terms of the number of tourists from Israel, Arab countries and Iran.


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