Tourist numbers have fallen dramatically because of the coronavirus outbreak worldwide, and traders are worried the situation will further worsen.
Hassan Furath, President of the Association of Merchants of the Grand Bazaar, says that the number of tourists has decreased before in certain periods. In his words, however, the market is experiencing its biggest decline in visitors and trade turnover precisely in the current period.
"We started well this year. No European and American tourists come, but their place was occupied by visitors from the Far East and the Arab world, “he says.
"In the last ten days the number of visitors has decreased sharply because of the epidemic, we have a decline of about 60 per cent”, complained Furath.
He added that the stores in the last days close at 17.30, although even during the winter months they remained open until 19 hours.
Grand Bazaar with a total area of 31 thousand square meters spreads over 64 streets, has 22 entrances and houses 3600 shops.
In Turkey, there is no officially confirmed case of coronavirus infected person.
The coronavirus literally ruined the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul!
Trade in Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, one of the world's oldest markets, fell victim to the coronavirus, which caused a 60 per cent drop in visitors, BTA reports, citing in. Dune.tags:
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