Britain's Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced on Friday that Turkey will be removed from the red list.

This means that British tourists will no longer be in mandatory quarantine for 10 days when they return home.

Turkish hotel owners expect to end the season on a positive note.

The Turkish Grand Prix also seems to have been saved.

Turkey had been on the red list since May, which meant that the summer season had to be run without the normally large numbers of British tourists.

In 2019, about 2.5 million Britons visited the Turkish seaside resorts, the largest group after the Russians, Germans and Bulgarians.

That year, Turkey welcomed a record 51.9 million tourists.

This year the number is 17 million, but Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy stated earlier this month that this number could rise to 25 million.

About 16 million tourists visited the country last year.

In August, when the United Kingdom decided to keep Turkey on the red list for the time being, South Aegean Hotel Union President Bülent Bülbüloglu said some 600 hotels in the Marmaris region should close earlier. The late season usually lasts until November, but many hotel owners already anticipated a forced closure in September. The British change of course may mean that the post-season does not have to end prematurely.

The decision is also good news for the Turkish Grand Prix, which is on the Formula 1 calendar on October 10. Most of the teams have their headquarters in the United Kingdom, which would require them to be quarantined upon return. That seemed to be solved by continuing from Turkey to Japan at once, but that race was removed from the calendar in August due to corona concerns. This also put the Turkish Grand Prix in jeopardy.

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