A tourist visits the Ottoman-era Sultanahmet mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque, in Istanbul, Turkey, July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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Amira Gharib booked a three-week family trip to Turkey months ago, excited about seeing Ottoman mosques and the lush green landscapes of Bursa.The unsuccessful uprising within Turkey's military over the weekend dashed hopes of reviving travel bookings for what remains of the peak mid-year travel season, following a 10-percent decline in visitors to the country in the first quarter of this year. The number of international visitors to Turkey is expected to decline 5.2 percent this year to 32.9 million, according to Euromonitor International.The U.S. earlier urged citizens to avoid travel to southeastern Turkey and urged them to reconsider travel there after the July 15 events, according to the State Department.The attempted coup's impact on Turkey's travel companies extended beyond bookings. International airlines including Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways and Eurowings resumed flights to Turkey Sunday after most services to Ataturk and Sabiha Gokcen airports were canceled during the coup attempt.
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