It’s been well recorded that beautiful Alanya which is located in the province of Antalya on the stunning Mediterranean coast is a firm favourite with holiday makers. This ultra popular resort has been a big hit with tourists from Britain, Russia and European visitors including Germany and the Scandinavians visiting for their summer holidays each and every year.
Infact Alanya is so popular that many of these visitors have bought holiday homes and permanent homes there. Therefore it’s no surprise to hear this week that Alanya’s occupancy rates have hit the 100% mark – it’s a sell out for this summer season of 2018.
Recent reports from Chairman Burhan Sili from (ALTİD) the Alanya Tourism Association on 11th August commented that lots of the hotels in Alanya had stopped advertising their rooms and any associated sale drives due to the fact that the rooms were sold out, as the room requests from local Turks and foreigners was in such high demand. He went on to add “Vacationers should not come to Alanya without booking their room first,” Sili said, adding that the popular resort has a capacity of 200,000 beds at its hotels.
Backing up Burhan Sili statement was Turkey’s Travel Agencies Union’s (TÜRSAB) local representative Bilal Korkmaz who said that the tourism sector was very happy with Alanya’s full 100% occupancy rate. He did however issue a warning that holiday makers should plan their holidays before travelling to Alanya because the week-long Eid al-Adha holiday is in high season this year. Everyone will want to head to the beach resorts and Alanya and the Mediterranean is where thousands will head.
Although the first day of the Eid holiday is on Tuesday 21st August, half day begins on Monday the 20th and many tourists are expected to begin their holiday on Saturday 18th August. This long Eid holiday continues until Sunday 26th August, many foreign tourists will not be aware of this holiday and will no doubt of booked their vacation well in advance. However it is very common for Turkish nationals to simply pack their car up and head for the coast thinking it’s easy to book into a hotel or rent a private apartment or villa – not this year!
As we have been saying now for some time tourism in Turkey for 2018 is bouncing back, nevertheless I don’t think anyone expected the recovery to be as strong as it is. We first began to see signs in June 2017 for foreigners returning to Turkey and the growth rate has continued with holiday makers arriving in their droves.
Turkey saw the highest yearly rise in hotel occupancy rates compared to no less than 27 other European destinations in June of this year. Istanbul came out top with the highest increase in hotel occupancy rates again during the month of June compared to all other European destinations seeing an increase to 57% a 29.8% increase for the year. According to STR Global data, for the Hotel Association of Turkey (TÜROB) it reported that the hotels in Antalya saw the highest – revenue per available – amongst all the other hotels in Turkey.
If you are a foreigner travelling to Alanya this week for your summer holiday, it may just be worth checking with your tour operator that your room is all booked up for you. It may also be an idea to take all paperwork with you including any reference numbers you may have. If on the other hand you are a local in Turkey, try as best you can to book hotel rooms or private apartments or villas in advance before you set off on your holiday.
If you are travelling a few hours by car to reach Alanya you want to make sure you have somewhere to stay before you leave home. The temperatures are high now in the Alanya region around 36°C daily, a full car with children on board is going to be hot with plenty of traffic on the roads this weekend you really need to be prepared.
Alanya has beautiful beaches, a stunning marina filled with classic boats and yachts, its very own castle, a long promenade, plus cafes, bars and restaurants to suit all tastes. Water sports and beach volleyball is on offer plus there is the Aqua Park which the children will love. This cosmopolitan city has something for everyone and its why holiday makers are attracted so much to it. If you’re going to Alanya have a great time, happy holidays!