Coronavirus: Holiday prices soar as tourists charged £43 for kebab
A beach bar in Turkey charged £43 for a kebab as the country’s decimated tourist industry tries to get back on its feet after coronavirus.
A customer’s receipt also showed they paid £7.30 (61.59 lira) for a small coffee and £22 (184.78 lira) for some stuffed pitta bread at the establishment in Bodrum, a popular destination for holidaymakers.
Exorbitant prices were also seen at the five-star Maçakızı Hotel, which is making visitors pay £65 to swim in the sea, local media reports.
Bodrum Mayor Ahmet Aras said businesses are struggling to survive after the Covid-19 pandemic and the city – which relies heavily on tourism – is ‘responsible for taking whatever it can from the pockets of tourists to the last penny’.
He said in a press conference: ‘I don’t care if someone wants to pay a high price for a doner kebab. They can pay TL 100,000 if they want.’
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Bodrum is known for attracting some of the richest people from around the world and boasts many luxury restaurants, five-star hotels and private beach bars.
However, Aras said it wasn’t right to ‘overcharge’ and stressed that there are restaurants in the area that charge significantly less for the same food, with most selling kebabs for around 15 TL (£1.50).
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