Hotel occupancy in the province of Antalya has reached an unprecedented figure in recent years – 90% of seats were sold out in July. This figure was recorded in the popular resort town of Alanya, famous for its Cleopatra beach and medieval fortress. At the same time, the Turks warned of rising market prices, explaining this by increasing costs due to the war in Ukraine. Now for tourists, Turkey has become even more expensive, will have to try to find free rooms at adequate prices.
According to Burhan Chile, president of the Association of Tour Operators of Alanya, hoteliers see demand and expect that in the next two months, both foreign demand and domestic demand in the resort region will be in order.
According to him, tourist facilities in Alanya closed in June with 60 percent occupancy, and in July the booking reached 90 percent occupancy. This is largely due to the approaching holiday of Eid al-Adha. In connection with its celebration, nine days of vacation have been announced. This means that Turks from all over the country flock to the coastal areas of Turkey.
Here is a comment from the president of ALTID Burhan Chile in this regard: “As the number of holidays has increased to 9 days, will also increase the length of stay of tourists in hotels. Demand from the domestic market has not decreased this year. In times of crisis or normal, our main market is domestic tourists. We have very serious inquiries. Demand in the domestic market in the region averages 30%, which is directly proportional to the habits of vacationers in Turkey both during the holidays and in the period from June 15 to August 30. ”
A Turkish official has warned of rising spending over the war around Ukraine. In order not to suffer losses, hoteliers raised prices. “This year, due to the war in Ukraine, we will raise prices for the domestic and foreign markets. We expect that by the end of the war the price tag will return to average. In the meantime, we must offer cautious prices and act cautiously. The goal here is not to make the facilities work very profitably, but to ensure business continuity while ensuring profitability. In this sense, our guests from both the domestic market and from abroad show understanding. We try our best, “the expert added.
The interlocutor pointed out that the contribution of the Ukrainian and Russian markets to Turkish tourism is huge, so it is obvious that the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24 this year has hit the Turkish tourism business. However, the Turks were able to reorient from Russian-speaking vacationers to Europeans. “We had some problems with filling hotels. Today, the European market is experiencing significant growth compared to previous periods. As the UK and Netherlands markets, which we have not had in the last two years, have entered the game and demand from our other resource markets is growing, we can see that the next two months will be a full season for our region: foreign and domestic tourism. , – he noted.
Earlier, the DIP wrote that “Egypt has announced the beginning of the expansion of tourists from Turkey.”