Since the number of tourists to Turkey is expected to rise as the weather warms up, the ministry has stepped up action to ensure that travel agencies provide foreign tourists what they agreed to furnish during their stay in Turkey and has prepared a proposal for an amendment to the law on travel agencies and the association of travel agencies.
According to the proposal, a new committee will be established to prevent the failure to honor previously made obligations to tourists while in Turkey. The committee will determine the efficiency and legitimacy of travel agencies in order to decide whether or not to grant licenses to these agencies to act as tour operators. It will also supervise tour operators in order to prevent any possible changes to or disruptions of services during trips.
According to the proposal, the committee will consist of five members: two from the Turkish Association of Travel Agents (TÜRSAB), one from the Culture and Tourism Ministry, one from the Undersecretariat of the Treasury and another from the Ministry of Customs and Trade.
The draft also specifies the responsibilities of travel agencies. These agencies will be prevented from abusing public trust and deceiving customers with misleading ads. Travel agencies that do not fulfill their obligations will be fined. Every travel agency is obliged to obtain a certificate of operation from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and those operating without a certificate will be fined as well.