Turkish tourism sector expects local holiday makers
ISTANBUL - Anadolu Agency
TÜRSAB predicts the share of local tourists in hotels will rise up to 40 percent in Bordum, while it will remain at around 15 percent in Antalya resorts. AA PhotoWith the aim of compensating for its losses from decline in European tourists, the Turkish tourism sector will try to allure local tourists.
This summer’s season is expected to witness a boom with the Ramadan holiday, according to a report released by the top sector organization.
“2014 Tourism Season Report” released by the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TÜRSAB) says the tourism sector is suffering from a retreat in some markets including Germany, Ukraine and Belgium and looks to raise the number of Turkish tourists.
“The sector will have up to 30-40 percent price reductions during Ramadan in order to not leave their business up to chance,” the report read.
The three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday, also known as the Ramadan Holiday, will fall between July 27-30 this year, creating a five-day vacation opportunity at country’s coastal beauties or culture attractions for local holiday makers.
Rise in tourism income
According to the report, southeastern holiday town Bodrum and the southern province of Antalya that accommodates scores of shores will remain the favorite destinations for Turks who want to take a little time off.
The report predicts the share of local tourists in hotels will rise up to 40 percent in Bordum, while it will remain at around 15 percent in Antalya resorts.
Despite a decline foreseen in foreign tourists, the number of tourists to Turkey, which was 39 million in 2013, is expected to rise to a record high of 43 million this year, with a moderate increase in tourism income also projected.
A total of 57 million people mobility is expected for the whole year, according to TÜRSAB’s calculations.
Nearly 5 million of 14 million Turkish tourists expected for this year will spend their holiday at touristic facilities like hotels and pensions. Most of those 5 million are predicted to take their vacation during the busy summer season that comprises of the May-September period.
The figure of income from tourism exceeded $34 million last year, according to figures by TÜRSAB. Although TÜRSAB predicts a rise to $36 million this year, it also foresees a fall in income per tourist.
In his remarks quoted in the report, TÜRSAB chairman Başaran Ulusoy also warned of the losses suffered by illegal tourism agencies.
“People should be cautious about these agencies, which are preferred because of the perception of having lower prices. Unlicensed agencies cause unfair competition, as well as threaten safety,” he said.