Istanbul is a popular tourist destination even in winter time; European tourists used to flock to the country and some still do.
The weak Euro helped tourism in Egypt, Turkey and Tunisia flourish; all three countries do not have the Euro as currency but have good weather all year round.
Recent terror attacks are crippling the tourist industry in those countries which will increase unemployment and poverty.
German leader Angela Merkel said Tuesday: "We are seriously concerned that German citizens could and probably will be among the victims and wounded. Those affected are members of a German tourist group." She added: "Today Istanbul was hit; Paris has been hit, Tunisia has been hit, Ankara has been hit before. International terrorism is once again showing its cruel and inhuman face today" reports BBC News.
The situation in Turkey is muddied by long standing hate from parts of the Turkish community against Kurdish citizens.
Monday RT reported - Over 160 civilians, including an unborn child, killed in Turkish crackdown on Kurds – according to a rights group report.
Sunday Reuters reported "Turkish forces kill 32 Kurdish militants as conflict escalates: sources" highlighting Turkey is another country on the brink.
In the UK the Istanbul terror attack is making second billing on news shows as the Junior Doctors strike receives full media attention. I am not sure exactly why though.