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Cyprus, Greece to welcome more tourists from Israel after travel advisory to Turkey

Cyprus and Greece will be welcoming more Israeli tourists this summer now that Tel Aviv has raised its Istanbul travel advisory to the highest level, Philenews reported on Thursday citing insiders.

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on Monday said the alert was because of a threat of Iranian attempts to kill or abduct Israelis vacationing in Turkey.

Insiders in the neighboring country have already said a significant number of Israeli citizens who were planning holidays in Turkey are now turning to Cyprus but also to Greece.

“There is talk of cancellations of scheduled trips from the very first hours of the issuance of the alert by the Israeli ministry,” one said.

“Demand for holidays this summer is high. Turkey had starred as a top destination in recent weeks. But in the last two days there was a change and first in demand is now Greece, followed by Cyprus,” he added.

At the same time, a report in the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth has Louis Hotels’ Samantha Andrianou saying that they have recorded about a 50% increase in demand of families from Israel for holidays in Cyprus.

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