Anzac Day participants are on the increase to attend the Gallipoli services in Turkey on the 25th April, says MD of Innovative Travel Robyn Galloway.
There are a number of factors leading to the increased interest, including the previous downgrade of travel warnings for Turkey, made over a year ago by Safe Travel. The impact of this is filtering through to increased bookings.
The USA has recently downgraded its travel warnings for US citizens visiting to Turkey. The USA often takes a conservative approach, so it is very encouraging to note this recent downgrade, says Galloway.
For clients who have wanted to attend Anzac Day services at Gallipoli, 2020 is the ideal time, with numbers expected to be between 1,500 and 2,000.
The New Zealand Government always sends an official representative to be present, and we expect that it will be the same this year. Galloway says, having attended the Anzac Day services on a number of occasions, standing on the Gallipoli Peninsula as the Last Post is played, as the sun rises, is one of those occasions which remains with you forever. As a New Zealand based company, all tours continue to also include the Chunuk Bair service, which is usually late morning. We liaise closely with the NZ Embassy in Turkey and the NZDF to ensure that clients are fully updated around the logistics on the day.
Innovative Travel is offering a variety of Turkey coach tour or small group packages, which include attending the Dawn service at Gallipoli. Private touring can also be arranged.
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