German summer bookings for Turkey rise 70 percent after two-year decline
BERLIN - Anadolu Agency
Summer bookings to Turkey by German travelers have gone up 70 percent compared with last year, Europe’s largest holiday operator TUI Group announced on Jan. 10.
“After two years of decline, Turkey has once again become a preferred destination for German holidaymakers, with a 70-percent increase in bookings at the start of the season,” the German tour operator said in a press release.
The TUI group has announced hundreds of extra flights to Turkey’s most popular tourist destination Antalya, adding almost 100,000 seats for passengers travelling from the German cities of Hamburg, Hannover, Frankfurt, Leipzig, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Nuremberg, Munich and Stuttgart.
Turkey used to be one of the most popular travel destinations for German holidaymakers, but the number of visitors declined over the last two years, amid political tensions between Ankara and Berlin.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu met with his German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel in Goslar last week and discussed ways to improve ties between the two countries.