Hotel occupancy rates in Turkey exceed 80 percent during nine-day public holiday
ANTALYA - Doğan News Agency
AA photoTurkey’s struggling tourism sector has felt some relief, as hotel occupancy rates in the touristic Aegean and Mediterranean regions rose to over 80 percent, even hitting 100 percent in some hotels, during the nine-day Eid al-Fitr public holiday.
The head of the Professional Hotel Managers Association (POYD), Ali Kızıldağ, said they are pleased to see a huge rise in the number of tourists after a difficult few months.
“Hotel occupancy rates have reached over 80 percent in touristic regions, even hitting 100 percent in some hotels. This is quite a relief for us,” Kızıldağ said.
Mediterranean Touristic Hoteliers Association (AKTOB) head Yusuf Hacısüleyman noted that four-and-a-half days is the average holiday period during Eid al-Fitr.
He also noted that any extension of such holidays, as happened this year, should be announced earlier in order to allow people more time to arrange their vacations.
Another leading sector representative noted that some parts of the southern resort province of Antalya were not fully occupied yet and still open to reservation, although many hotels in central Antalya are almost full.
“Several hotels - especially Antalya’s Alanya, Kemer and Tekirova districts - are not full yet and are open to reservations,” said the vice president of the Kundu Tourism Investors Association (KUYAB).