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Turkey tourism news round up 16th October 2017

Turkey tourism news round up 16th October 2017

Take a read of the latest roundup of Turkey tourism news highlights from the last week. Tourists on the up, Oludeniz Airgames about to start – life is looking positive again!

Antalya surpasses last years tourism figures attracting nearly 10 million tourists so far this year (Daily Sabah 15th October 2017)

Last year 6.5 million tourists were recorded to have flown into Antalya Airport. As of last Friday, statistics showed almost 10 million entered to enjoy the city and its neighbouring resorts. This is a fabulous increase and certainly proves that Turkey has bounced back considerably over the last 12 months.

Thomas Cook CEO says Brits are returning to Turkey (October 10th Today Programme, BBC Radio 4)

Chief Executive of Thomas Cook, Peter Fankhauser said on BBC’s Today Programme that bookings for Turkey and Egypt were up over the summer and he expects this to continue. He said that “both destinations are wonderful countries, with great hotels, great beaches, nice people, and really good value.” Hopefully, more Brits and foreigners will listen to his advice and bookings will continue to increase for the 2018 season.

Transport Ministry lifts the ban on passenger ferries sailing to Greece. (October 12th, 2017, Hurriyet Daily News)

Representatives from Greece and Turkey came together last week to find a positive solution to the recent ban preventing passenger ferries to operate from Turkey to Greece. Thankfully they came to an understanding and as of October 12th, the restriction was lifted. Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan said during his visit to Athens that the ban on Turkish flagged ferries sailing from Greece to Turkey has now been lifted and that a delegation from Greece will be visiting Turkey this week to work on ways to resolve the ban for commercial yachts less than 24m in length.

Turkey defeats England 2:1 in European Amputee Football Championships (Anadolu Agency 9th October 2017)

UEFA praised the “incredible Turks” for their outstanding performance last week in the European Amputee Football Championships hosted in Istanbul. Turkey took home gold following fabulous goals by Omer Guleryuz in the 25th minute and Osman Cakmak, Turkish team captain in the final minute.

18th International Airgames taking place in Oludeniz, Fethiye October 17th to 22nd 2017

Tomorrow sees the start of the 18th International Airgames, a yearly event attracting paragliding pilots, hand gliders, microlights, skydivers, birdmen and spectators from all over the world.

Oludeniz has for many years been a popular extreme and air sports destination. Babadag Mountain (6,800ft) makes the ideal take-off for paragliding enthusiasts who come to enjoy the superb flying conditions and land on the famous seafront. This year’s event is expected to attract more than 500 pilots from around the world and will kick off at 11 am tomorrow morning. Highlights will include hot air balloons, skydive and birdmen shows, paramotors, microlights, model aircrafts, acro-paragliding events, competitions, hand gliders, beachside entertainment, merchandise stalls, commentary and evening parties and events. For a full itinerary please see the event website.

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