Tourists are charged £44 for a KEBAB and can only swim in the sea if they spend up to £65 at some Turkish resorts as they hike their prices to recoup coronavirus losses
- One shocked customer shared a picture of his receipt from a Bodrum beach bar
- They had also been charged £7.30 for small coffee and £22 for some pitta bread
- Maçakızı Hotel charging visitors £65 to swim in sea while beach access is free
A beach bar in Turkey is charging tourists £43 for a doner kebab as the country’s hard-hit tourism sector tries to bounce back after coronavirus.
One shocked customer’s receipt also showed they forked out £7.30 (61.59 lira) for a small coffee and £22 (184.78 lira) for some stuffed pitta bread in tourist hotspot Bodrum.
Meanwhile, Maçakızı Hotel 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 tourists – is ‘responsible for taking whatever it can from the pockets of tourists to the last penny’.
One shocked customer’s receipt (pictured) also showed they had been charged £7.30 (61.59 lira) for a small coffee and £22 (184.78 lira) for some stuffed pitta bread in a beach bar in tourist hotspot Bodrum
Bodrum Mayor Ahmet Aras said businesses are struggling to survive after the Covid-19 pandemic and said the city (stock image pictured) – which relies heavily on tourists – is ‘responsible for taking whatever it can from the pockets of tourists to the last penny’
Bodrum Mayor Ahmet Aras 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’
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.’
He stressed that there are restaurants in the area that charge significantly less for the same food.
Britain could form an air bridge with Turkey, allowing tourists to travel freely between the two with no mandatory 14-day quarantine.
But plans were thrown off after it was revealed that the number of new coronavirus cases in Turkey has doubled in a month after the country started easing lockdown restrictions in late May.
Professor Guner Sonmez, of Üsküdar university, said he feared the government was losing control.
Turkey has seen 198,613 cases and more than 5,000 deaths due to the killer bug.
This is not the first time visitors have been hit with massive bills from restaurants in popular tourist spots.
Meanwhile, Maçakızı Hotel (pictured) is making visitors pay £65 to swim in the sea, local media reports
The Antico Caffè di Marte (pictured) in Rome came under fire for the expensive prices it charged tourists before threatening to sue complaining customers
Two Japanese tourists were presented with a bill for €429.80 (pictured) at The Antico Caffè di Marte
A restaurant in Rome came under fire for the expensive prices it charged tourists before threatening to sue complaining customers.
In Greece, American soldier Francisco Tajeda and his friends were left aghast after being presented with a staggering $935 check for a modest lunch of calamari, salads and beers
The Antico Caffe di Marte began making headlines after a two Japanese tourists were slapped with a bill for £380 for a fish and spaghetti dish.
A photograph of a receipt posted to travel review website TripAdvisor shows that the meal for two at Antico Caffè di Marte came to a massive €429.80.
The pair had only ordered two plates of fish with spaghetti, alongside glasses of water and were shocked to see part of the bill was an €80 (£70) service charge.
The Japanese travellers’ story quickly echoed across the internet and newspapers as people were left in disbelief at the cost.
But the restaurant is now threatening to sue complaining customers claiming that the story has meant the restaurant now sits empty most days.
Carlo Scorza, a lawyer for the restaurant has refuted the claim that staff members were preying on unsuspecting tourists.
He added that the cost of the dish was due to customers failing to notice that the price of the dish is per 100g of the food provided.
In Greece, an American soldier and his friends were left aghast after being presented with a staggering $935 check for a modest lunch of calamari, salads and beers.
Francisco Tajeda, 38, from Brooklyn, revealed on TripAdvisor how staff at the DK Oyster restaurant in Mykonos refused to give their party a menu or show them prices, before surprising them with the final tab.
Francisco said was appalled when he was handed this check for a modest lunch of calamari and beers at the DK Oyster restaurant in Mykonos
A member of New York’s 69th Infantry Regiment, Francisco said he couldn’t believe his eyes when he realized they’d been charged $661.41 (€591) for six plates of calamari and $167.87 (€150) for six beers – an eye-watering $27.97 per drink.
Francisco and his friends were also charged $66.46 (€59,40) for three Caesar salad appetizers with chicken, $20.14 (€17.80) for two bottles of water and an additional $20.18 (€18) for a single glass of tomato juice.
However, representatives from the beach-side restaurant stood by their prices, insisting ‘if you can’t afford them, to avoid any bitterness,’ opt for something cheaper.