You've heard about a certain
Turkish travel agency, or you've seen
an offer for their services, or one
of their tours, on the Internet.
How do you know if they're any good
or not, or whether you're going to
Turkey has nearly 4500 travel
agencies and tour operators. Most do their best
to provide good service and value to
foreign visitors. They know that good
service and fair prices are the
foundations on which to build a good
But every country has crooks and cheats,
of course.The first thing to do is determine
if the travel agency is in fact a legitimate,
registered travel agency or tour operator with
the proper legal standing and consumer
By law, every Turkish travel agency
and tour operator must be a member
of TÜRSAB (Türkiye
Seyahat Agentaları Birliği, Association
of Turkish Travel Agencies).
Every TÜRSAB member
has a distinct TÜRSAB registration
number. Most travel agencies and
publicize their number on their publicity,
marketing and advertising materials.
If you don't see it, ask
the company for their TÜRSAB number.
website has a search
feature for member
agencies. Fill in the name of the agency
(or part of the name), or their
Agency ID (TURSAB License number/Belge
No.), click on Search, and you
should get a list of the member
agencies with that name, their
offices addresses and other contact
Also, the official Turkish
Ministry of Tourism website has
listings of foreign tour operators
who send tours
Here's my short
list of travel agencies and tour
companies that I know personally
and can recommend.
If the agecy or tour operator you
plan to use is on either of these lists,
you'll have a better chance of a good
trip to Turkey.
What do you do if something goes wrong?
Here's how to file a complaint.