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Turkey's domestic strife punishing tourism sector

As terror, instability spook foreign visitors, industry squabbles add to woes

Coastal beach resorts in Turkey are popular with both domestic and foreign tourists.

ISTANBUL -- Turkey's important tourism industry is being hit hard as it suffers the fallout from growing domestic instability. Terrorist attacks, last year's attempted coup and eroding democracy have contributed to a decline in tourists to this once-popular destination.

The German hotel brand Steigenberger closed its Istanbul location in March. A cafe in a corner of the reception floor still operates, but all the guests are gone. The hotel was especially popular with foreign visitors.

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