About Travel Agencies

The Law concerning Travel Agencies and the Association of Travel Agencies gives the definition of travel agencies including the services which can be offered by them. The Regulation Pertaining to Travel Agencies prepared in accordance with the Law 1618 effective as of 04.09.1996 contains in further detail Exclusive Services of Travel Agencies as well as other services rendered by them. The Regulation specifies the exclusive services of travel agencies in detail under the subheadings, Organizing Tours, Transfer, Reservation, Information, Organizing Congresses and Conferences, Renting Out Individual Vehicles for Tour Purposes, Selling Tickets for Transport Vehicles, Selling the Products of Travel Agencies.

In accordance with the Law No.1618, travel agencies are established upon the issue of an operation License by the Ministry of Tourism, and they are obliged to become members of the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies.

Travel Agencies are divided into three groups according to the services they perform:

  • Group (A) Agencies offer and perform all services specified in Article 1 of the Law No.1618

  • Group (B) agencies sell tickets for international land, sea and air transport and tours arranged by (A) group travel agencies.

  • Group (C) agencies organise and sell domestic tours for Turkish citizens.

Group (B) and (C) agencies can also carry out the services which are entrusted to them by (A) group travel agencies.