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Tourists In Turkey Charged £43 For A Kebab And £65 To Swim In Sea

Tourists In Turkey Charged £43 For A Kebab And £65 To Swim In Sea

Holiday makers in Turkey are being charged over the odds at some beach resorts, with one customer being charged £43 for a kebab and another £65 to swim in the sea.

A picture of a receipt from a beach bar in Bodrum was posted on social media showing a charge of £7.30 for a small coffee and £22 for pitta bread.

Credit: Hurriyet
Credit: Hurriyet

At a nearby hotel, the Maçakızı, the beach is free to go on, but visitors need to pay £65 for the day if they want to swim while they are there.

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But the mayor of Bodrum Ahmet Aras has said that the charges are justified as businesses need to try to survive after the impact of coronavirus on tourism.

He said the city 'responsible for taking whatever it can from the pockets of tourists to the last penny'.

As reported by The Mirror, he said: "I don't care if someone wants to pay a high price for a doner kebab. They can pay TL 100,000 if they want. But there are also places selling döner for TL 20 (about $3) here.

"Businesses here are already taking a hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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"They can't make ends meet...of course, that doesn't mean that they have to overcharge their customers."

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And with coronavirus restrictions easing worldwide, Brits are desperate to go on holiday, with many travel companies recording spikes in sales.

Beaches in Turkey have been deserted until recent weeks. Credit: PA
Beaches in Turkey have been deserted until recent weeks. Credit: PA

Some said that last weekend they saw their biggest Saturday ever, as people rush to book holidays ahead of the 'traffic light system' which will be unveiled today (Wednesday).

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Spain-holiday.com, which is the third biggest holiday rental site in Spain, reported a record-breaking morning on 27 June.

They aren't the only ones because Britain's leading tour operator, TUI, also reported a 50 percent in bookings compared to last week.

This comes after companies were offering record discounts of up to 70 percent for trips to popular destinations such as France, Spain, Italy and Greece, according to the MailOnline.

Head of International Brands at Spain-holiday.com, Peter Jarvis, said: "We're already seeing a huge increase in online interest in our holiday homes from the UK market, with pool properties being the most popular (up 104 percent).

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"Vigilance is absolutely still needed but with sensible precautions on either end we are confident we will see a safe summer in the sun for Brits again this year."

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Amelia Ward

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