There are only a few days left before the Ramadan holiday. Holiday preparations for the holiday season, which began on May 2, are nearly complete. While consumer interest in the Mediterranean and Aegean coasts was intense, the Black Sea and southeastern Anatolia were among the high demand regions. Especially the fact that many bans that came into play during the pandemic process were lifted, forcing citizens, who had been bored with the restrictions for more than 2 years, to go on vacation. According to representatives of the tourism sector, their sales during this festive holiday period exceeded 2019, when the pandemic had not yet started.
LAST MINUTE SALES
The President of Turkey Travel Agencies Association (TÜRSAB), Firuz Bağlıkaya, who said that the holiday desire that has arisen among consumers after the past two years under the influence of the pandemic, has also positively reflected holiday requests, said: ‘ Although the duration of the holidays are relatively shorter compared to previous years, the requests received by our agencies are generally good level achieved. We expect this demand to continue with last minute sales. It can be seen that domestic demands are more intense than abroad during the Eid holiday.
While vacation requests are focused on destinations in the Aegean and Mediterranean region and on Cyprus, hotels that organize events with artists are particularly preferred. As for the destination, Alanya, Belek, Bodrum, Çeşme, Kemer, Marmaris and Kuşadası are among our main regions. We expect our citizens who will participate in tourism activities during the Ramadan holiday period to reach 2 million. As a result, we expect a volume of around 8-10 billion TL.
SUMMER AND HOLIDAYS COMBINED
Recalling that holiday prices rise with rising costs, particularly during peak seasons such as July and August, Jolly’s Chairman of the Board, Mete Vardar, said: “When high holiday prices summer holidays have happened, consumers have turned vacations into an opportunity. For example, a person who will take a vacation for 5000 TL in the summer has the opportunity to have a 50% more affordable vacation during the Ramadan holiday than during the summer months. In other words, they combined the holidays and the summer holidays. The Mediterranean and Aegean regions received a very high demand for the holiday period. If the holidays were extended to 9 days , the average overnight stay of holidaymakers would also increase.This would give more morale to the tourism sector.However, we can say that the sales made for the holiday season have made us and the hotels happy. ers. Stating that the Black Sea and Southeast Anatolia regions have also received high demand, Vardar said, “With the relief from the pandemic process, the demand for cultural tours has also increased. People are interested in package tours. It is very important for the economy of the regions,” he said.
THERE IS MOVEMENT FROM ALL SIDES OF TURKEY
Expressing that this year’s holiday sales, which did not start in May, exceeded the sales of the 2019 Ramadan feast by 30%, Setur’s director of national operations, Serhat Günay, said: “People have missed the holidays a lot. It was an average of 5 nights in vacation bookings. This is a very good number for the holidays. People extended their holidays by combining Thursdays and Fridays. Before that, the average overnight stay was only 3.2. During the holidays, the figures per person per night in our company increased to 1700 TL. Sales started at 300-350 TL,” he said.
Noting that Antalya received the highest demand for holidays this year, Günay said: “45% of bookings came directly to Antalya. 10 percent were in Çeşme and Bodrum. Cyprus remained at 4%. Demand for Cyprus remained very low due to the very high price of Cypriot aircraft. The rest of the demand came from regions such as Cappadocia, Ayvalık, Fethiye, Kuşadası, Pamukkale and Afyon.
There are also many arrivals from Anatolia to Istanbul. In fact, there is distribution all over Turkey,” he said. Noting that the biggest problem was transportation during this period, Günay said: “People have started to get used to the prices of accommodation, but rising bus and plane tickets are putting pressure on consumers. For this reason, many people prefer to go with their private vehicle. The dark clouds formed during the pandemic have started to disperse for the tourism sector. »
GREAT ATTENTION TO TOURS ABROAD
Noting that interest in overseas travel is good during the holiday season, Travel Zone CEO Barış Öztürk said, “People could not vacation abroad for more than 2 years. . With the recent lifting of restrictions in Italy, the backlog during the pandemic has turned into vacation. The greatest demand for the holiday period comes from Italy. Afterwards, there is great interest in Spain, Cuba and cruises.
ADDITIONAL SERVICES WILL BE ORGANIZED IN BODRUM
In Bodrum, one of the most important tourist centers in the world, there is festive activity. Citizens who wanted to spend the holidays in the neighborhood began to arrive. General Manager of TAV Milas-Bodrum, İclal Kayaoğlu, said that there are a large number of domestic and international arrivals in Bodrum by air: “The number of domestic flights will increase from 24 to 50 between April 29 and May 8.
Many airlines, including Turkish Airlines, will arrange additional flights to meet holiday demand. About 75,000 domestic passengers are expected at Milas-Bodrum airport on these dates. International flights, which began on March 27, will increase to an average of 20 flights per day by the end of this month, and to an average of 60 flights per day by the end of May. About 30,000 foreign tourists are expected to come to Bodrum between April 29 and May 8,” he said.
HOTEL OCCUPANCY IN ANTALYA 80 PER CENT
There is activity in Antalya ahead of the upcoming Ramadan holiday. Chairman of the Antalya City Council’s Tourism Working Group, Recep Yavuz, Managing Director of NBK Touristic, said: “Although occupancy rates in hotels are very variable, we can say that hotels that allocation of quotas to the internal market will intensify and reach around 70-80%. .”
A REVENUE OF 25 BILLION LIRA IS EXPECTED
President of the Confederation of Turkish Merchants and Craftsmen (TESK), Bendevi Palandöken, said: “We are expecting an active holiday this year. Rising prices for bus, train and plane tickets may reduce the number of intercity trips, but holiday activity has started in the cities. This year, we expect the party turnover, from sweets to clothes, to reach 25 billion lira.