The Turkish government introduced new financial reward scheme specifically designed to encourage cruise ships to call at Turkish ports in 2018-2019, according to Global Ports Holdings, that operates 3 ports in the country.
From January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2019 the Turkish Cruise Tourism Incentive Pack will be available to any cruise ship carrying 100 or more guests (excluding Turkish passengers). All financial incentives will be paid to cruise companies through shore excursion agencies.
Image: Port of Istanbul, Turkey
Cruise liners visiting Turkey during low seasons (January-April, November-December) will receive $45 per passenger, while the ones calling in mid-season between May-June will receive $35 per passenger. Ships visiting the country during the high season (July-October) will receive $25 per passenger.
Cruise companies visiting more than one port in Turkey within the same itinerary will receive the incentive at one port only.
In 2019, cruise companies making a turnaround in country's ports will receive additional 50 per cent increase on the passenger fees.