Turkey has already geared itself up for millions of visitors to land on its shores over the coming months. Bodrum, Antalya, Dalaman, Izmir and Istanbul Airports in particular are ready to receive the estimated 40 million foreign visitors expected to come through their gates this year. The main tourism market comes from Germany and Russia with German visitors expecting to increase by 60% and Russian tourists by 30% the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TÜRSAB) President Firuz Bağlıkaya said recently.
Around 3 million British tourists are expected to visit Turkey in 2018, the British Ambassador to Turkey, Dominick Chilcott, announced this month. Speaking during his meeting with the governor of Turkey’s Antalya, Munir Karaloglu, Chilcott stated that British tourists coming to Turkey “would reach record numbers this year, there is a rapid comeback. So we are really excited about that, we expect 3 million tourists to visit Turkey”
Whilst German and Russian tourists head to the Mediterranean coast and visit the resorts of Antalya and Alanya the British favour the Aegean coasts of Bodrum, Didim and Kusadasi. Fethiye is another firm favourite and the surrounding resorts of Olu Deniz and Calis.
Although Munir Karaloglu added they are seeing more Brits visiting Antalya. One reason for this could be the heightened interest in golfing holidays in Belek which is a mere 30 minutes drive away from Antalya.
Golfing holidays in Belek are becoming increasingly popular with keen golfers from around the globe. Ironically 3 out of the top 10 golf courses in the world are in the UK however avid golfers prefer to play the game in the sunshine so opt to travel. Unfortunately we don’t often see an abundance of sunshine in the UK therefore Turkey is a superb option with 300 days of sun each and every year. Belek with its Championship golf courses is fast becoming a contender with Portugal as one of the most desired golfing venues.
This goes hand in hand with investors snapping up property in Belek as rentals for golfing properties are on the increase and for less than £100,000 a 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms villa with a private pool can be yours. Antalya airport is just 25km away and the centre of Antalya just 30 minutes. Lucrative rental returns throughout the year are made on properties such as these as they comfortably sleep 6 – 8 people.
British families tend to head for the family friendly resorts of Didim (Altinkum) and Kusadasi with Bodrum Airport only 70 minutes away from Didim and Izmir Airport just 1 hour from the centre of Kusadasi. Beaches are important to families and in both resorts there are plenty to keep them happy. Family themed restaurants cater for the little ones and nothing is too much trouble. There is a fun fair and water park plus plenty of water sports at Altinkums 3 beaches and in Kusadasi you can visit the Aqua Park which features slides, pools and rafting rides plus you can swim with the dolphins.
Bodrum is the cosmopolitan resort on the Aegean for families, couples and groups of friends who want a more upmarket holiday with its excellent beaches, marinas, sightseeing attractions and its lively nightlife. It is close to Bodrum Airport just 35 minutes drive away. It’s got to be something special as the Saudi Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal bin Abdulaziz al-Saud and his family spent a week’s long holiday in Bodrum last year (2017) reportedly spending £558,000 so if its good enough for a Prince…
Antalya has something for everyone it is set on the Mediterranean coast with Blue Flag beaches in abundance and Antalya has recently been announced as offering the best value for blue flag destinations in Europe and there are staggering 194 of them. Designer shopping upmarket fine dining and local attractions it is also excellent for sightseeing. The young, wealthy and trendy Turks stomping ground is at Antalya’s marina and this is the place to head to especially in the evenings.
The Fethiye region has plenty to offer, all genres are catered for it all depends on what you’re looking for in a holiday resort. Some of the prettiest resorts are found here including Olu Deniz on the Turquoise coast so if you are looking for picturesque views, golden beaches and clear blue seas, this is the place for you.
Istanbul is fast becoming one of the top sightseeing destinations as tourists are becoming bored with the 5 main visited cities in Europe. It’s colourful, exciting and lively with many attractions and that’s why foreign visitors to Istanbul topped 7 million in 2017 alone. Culture, history and as everyone says it is where east meets west and that is apparent everywhere.
If you are still searching for somewhere to go for your summer holiday give Turkey a try, just 4 hours or less from the UK you don’t need to fly long haul to find your Utopia. Just make your way to the 8000km of coast and find your idea of heaven, white sandy beaches, clear blue waters plus sun drenched days are truly idyllic in magical Turkey.