The summer season in many tourist resorts along the Turkish coast has now drawn to an end. Attention now turns to the winter and what those involved in tourism can hope for next season. There have been some very positive reports in the press over the past week, take a look at our Turkey tourism news round-up from 27th October to date;
Turkey “leading the way among countries preferred by Russian holidaymakers” (Daily Sabah, November 3rd, 2017)
Oleg Safanov, head of Russia’s Federal Agency for Tourism spoke positively about Turkey recently saying that for Russians “Turkey is always in the first place [due to] the harmony of price and quality”. He added that visa facilitation will be eased in the near future allowing for more Russian tourists to travel between the countries. This comes following the release of new figures showing that Russian tourists visiting their favourite destination, Antalya, rose 724% on last years numbers. A total of 3.66 million Russians came to Antalya between January 1st and October 31st, 2017. Safanov is confident that these figures will be boosted further next year.
Antalya enjoys a 60% rise in tourist numbers so far this year (Daily Sabah, November 2nd, 2017)
Turkey’s coastal tourism capital Antalya again hit the spotlight with recent stats showing a 60% increase in tourists during the first 10 months of 2017. Antalya Airport saw 9.48 million passengers arrive through their doors firmly indicating that confidence in Turkey as a holiday destination is returning.
A “Best Global Movie” award went to a short film featuring Mount Erciyes and Cappadocia (Daily Sabah, November 2nd, 2017)
The film, shot in 2016, was produced by Kayseri Erciyes A.S and Radical Tours. It bagged the prestigious prize at the Grand Video Awards Film Festival in Poland. It features cyclists from around the world as they bike across the tough land and volcanic paths in Turkey’s only bike park at Mount Erciyes. An action-packed short film that will hopefully promote the sport and tourism in the area.
Erdogan says Turkey’s tourism policy is reaping in “great results”. (Anadolu Agency, November 1st, 2017)
Speaking at the third Tourism Council in Ankara last Wednesday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey’s policy on tourism is seeing “great results”. According to the AA report, the President highlighted the increasing numbers of visitors from the Gulf and Russia and commented, “we have left behind the worst [time] in tourism. And now, it’s time for ascension…our state is fully behind the [tourism] sector”. Let’s hope that that’s the case. He also spoke of his plans to diversify tourism and his hopes to grow the numbers of visitors from India, China, Asia and South America.
Q3 figures show Turkey’s tourism revenue up nearly 40%. (Hurriyet Daily News, October 31st, 2017)
A strong recovery was evident from third quarter tourism revenue statistics released by the Turkish Statistical Institute on October 31st. Figures showed that average tourist expenditure was $634 with average expenditure from Turks visiting abroad $900.
Work starts on Fethiye’s Third Coastal Zone (Fethiye Times, November 4th, 2017)
Fethiye Municipality has finally started work on the long-awaited project towards the far end of the Fethiye to Calis promenade. The 1.6km of landscaping and development opposite the Law Court and Devlet Hospital near Kipa is expected to be completed within three months. Mayor Behcet Saatci oversaw the preliminary excavations which will include play-parks, walking paths, cafes, grassed and shaded areas. On completion, the new zone will undoubtedly boost property value in the area alongside providing locals and tourists with another fabulous area of town to relax and enjoy.
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