Turkey’s eastern city of Van has attracted thousands of Iranian tourists during the Eid al-Fitr holiday celebrated by Muslims all over the world.
Eid al-Fitr marks the end of holy month of Ramadan and the holiday takes place between July 17-19.
According to locals, the Iranian tourists that are spending their Eid holiday in Van have brought business to shopping centres and shop owners in the city keep their shops open despite the national holiday.
The touristic locations of Van and the beaches of Lake Van are other attractions for Iranian tourists.
Large numbers of Iranian tourists left their cars in the city before traveling to major cities such as Istanbul, Ankara as well as Aegean beach towns to spend their holidays.
Shop owners in Van express happiness with the tourists and say the economy being livened by Iranian tourists has given another reason to celebrate this Eid.
In the meantime, Turkish Airlines (THY) has launched its first flight between northwestern province of Bursa, which has drawn the interest of Arab tourists, and the Gulf county of Kuwait due to high demand.
Airline companies THY, Free Bird and Atlas Jet will be running flights seven times a week between Bursa’s Yenisehir Airport and Kuwait.
The Eid holiday frequently leads to a boost in visits between neighboring countries, with many Turks travelling to Greek islands to spend their holiday.
Officials have arranged extra boat services between the Ayvalik district of the Aegean province of Balikesir and the Greek island of Lesbos due to high demand from travelers.
The per person cost of a round ticket to Lesbos is roughly 25 euros.