Is it safe to travel to Turkey? Latest advice after Izmir bombing and Istanbul nightclub attack

THE POPULAR tourist destination of Turkey has seen a slump in visitor numbers after a number of attacks blighted the country throughout 2016 and into the New Year. This includes the devastating Istanbul nightclub shooting on New Year’s Eve and a recent attack in Izmir, so is it safe for holidaymakers to travel to Turkey?

What has happened in Turkey?

Turkey fell victim to a number of high-profile events in 2016, with the nation engaged in long-term conflict with Kurdish militants in the east.

At the same time, Islamist militant violence spread up from Syria with ISIS blamed for a number of deadly attacks.

Towards the end of the year Ankara also moved to crack down on thousands of people suspected of supporting a failed coup which took place on the streets of Istanbul and Ankara on July 15 and 16.

A total of 240 lives were lost during the incident.

In October, the holiday resort region of Antalaya was hit by at least two rockets in another attack.

December saw more terror, when 30 officers were among at least 38 people killed in a twin bombing at the Besiktas football stadium in Istanbul.

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