The State of Travel
in the Mideast
Travel Agents who specialize in the Middle East.
Ya'lla Tours USA ( Portland Oregon ) , Travel with the Experts USA (
New York), House of Travel USA ( Miami ) and of course Pera Tours
Give a little background on your agency
: where are you located, what is your specialty, etc.
We are an incoming travel agency in Istanbul, Turkey called Kaktus Travel
( owned by Pera Air and Travel Services) and we are specialized in Biblical
tours and special interest tours ( incentives , archeological tours
, Jewish Heritage Tours ) . Our license number is 2713 and we are registered
under TURSAB ( Turkish Travel Agencies Association).
Why should people use a travel agent
instead of just going online and buying a ticket on their own?
Because Turkey is a country in which limited amount of people are speaking
English ( lots of people that know German though ) . Also especially
the packages that agencies sell are always the most reasonable and yet
the most detailed itineraries prepared by professionals who know the
interests of the people very well . Each itinerary has been prepared
by observing the reactions of the travelers for years .
How is the war in Iraq and/or the Israel/Palestinian
problem reflecting on travel to the Middle East?
Very bad . Since the people especially in The USA think that Middle
east is one country and it's consisted of Arabs only , especially Turkey
and Israel whose economies depend on tourism a lot are suffering .
What kind of clientele (where from)
do you mainly deal with?
Our clientele is mostly from the USA and England . It's a pity that
most of the people in the world do not know that Turkey is the land
where the Seven Churches of Revelation were and the ruins of which still
exist ( Ephesus , Smyrna , Philadelphia , Thyteira , Sardis , Laodicea
, Pergamum ) . St.Paul was born in Tarsus which is a Turkish city today
. He lived in Antioch where the word Christian was first pronounced
and which is another Turkish city . All three of his missionaries passed
through Turkey. Some other important biblical sights such as The Tomb
of St.John, Virgin Mary's home, The Church of St.Peter in Antioch ,
Nicea , Alexandria Troas , Miletus , Collossae , The Psidian Antioch
, Myra ( The birth place of St.Nicholas ) and many more are in Turkey.
Where are your people traveling to
and why?(i.e. are people going to Egypt for tourism, or the UAE for
The majority of the people who come to Turkey are here for the beaches
and sea and they are from Germany , France , UK and Baltic Countries
. Our clientele is different . They go to the sights where St.Paul had
been to . Also they go to the places where the Seven Churches ( Book
of Revelations by John ) used to be . Mostly to the pilgrimage sights
Have you noticed any trends in travel
to the Middle East from your area?
Turkish People like travel to Middle Eastern countries . Especially
to Egypt and Dubai . Of course a lot of people from those countries
and all the other Middle Eastern countries are traveling to Turkey as
Where should people consider going
(where they currently aren't going) and why?
I think they should start considering going inland Turkey to places
like Cappadoccia and Pamukkale because these are unique places . Cappadoccia
is a place that was formed by nature itself . After the volcanic soil
was eroded by rain , winter , etc. unbelievably pretty shapes came out
. Also it was used as a refuge by Christians during the persecutions
between 9-13. Centuries and they carved beautiful churches inside the
rocks and painted them with frescoes composing biblical scenes . Pamukkale
, the other place mentioned above means cotton castle because of the
white cascades formed again by the nature itself . Calcium laden waters
left the color white behind .
Should you focus on one country? Or
is a package/travel tour a better option?
I think for people especially from the US it's better to buy a package
because they come a long distance . ( Turkey-Israel-Greece / Turkey-Greece-Egypt
/ Turkey-Jordan-Israel ) .
How is traveling on land through countries?
Frankly to say traveling inside Turkey , Egypt , Jordan and Israel on
land is safe because these countries are quite civilized and open minded
. They are used to tourists and tourism .
What are the best times of years to
visit the Middle East? Why?
The best times would be April-May and September-October because those
are the best times of the year climate wise . Mild and sunny .
Kaktus Travel Agency owned by Pera Air and Tourism Inc.
Halaskargazi Mah.Rumeli Cd.Zafer Sk.No:15
Ugur Apt.D:2 Nisantasi 34731
Tel : ++90 212 233 39 85 ( 3 lines )
Fax : ++90 212 231 28 71
e-mail : email@example.com
web page : www.undiscoveredturkey.com
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