Tourism in Turkey has had a double shot of good news, after figures showed visitor numbers are up compared to last year and the world’s biggest hotel group opened two new hotels in the country.
The number of foreign visitors to Turkey reached 3.8 million in May, representing year-on-year growth of 17.8 per cent over the same month last year. Growth for the first five months of 2013 rose year-on-year too – by 18.4 per cent to a total of 10 million tourists.
According to data published by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Turkey’s Mediterranean resort of Antalya welcomed the most foreign visitors in May with 1.4 million arrivals, followed by Istanbul with almost 400,000 visitors. Germans account for the largest number of foreign tourists in Turkey, followed by Russians.
Meanwhile, in the past fortnight, the world’s largest hotel company, Wyndham Hotel Group, has opened its second premium branded hotel in Turkey, the 307-room Wyndham Istanbul Petek, as well as a Ramada branded hotel on the country’s Mediterranean coast, the 395-room Ramada Resort Antalya Resort.
Located less than 10 kilometres from Istanbul’s Atatürk International Airport, accommodation at the five-star, 21-storey Wyndham Istanbul Petek includes 241 guest rooms and 27 suites, as well as 39 apartments designed for extended stays. The hotel also features extensive meeting space, including a 586,618-square-metre ballroom and 14 meeting rooms totalling over 1,970 square metres, as well as a large fitness suite and more than 500 parking spaces.
The Wyndham Group now has 20 hotels in Turkey, across all three of its brands. The group intends to bring a fourth brand to the country, with plans to open 20 ‘Super 8’ branded hotels in Turkey over the next 10 years. This can only be good news for Turkey’s tourist economy and stimulate more interest in homeownership there.
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