Turkey has been hitting the headlines again recently and it’s all positive news. The leading British tour operator Thomas Cook has announced holiday bookings for Turkey are up by 11% compared to last year. This puts Turkey well and truly back on the tourist map for UK visitors and holiday makers who love nothing more than to soak up the wonderful Turkish sun. The tour operator Thomas Cook said it was seeing a pickup in demand for Turkish holidays because they were good value for money. The chief executive, Peter Fankhauser, said “Turkey was proving attractive at the moment”
This welcoming announcement comes a year after the failed military coup where there was a significant drop in visitors and holiday makers coming to Turkey. Understandably tourists were concerned for their safety and Thomas Cook offered free cancellations to their customers with existing bookings. Overall bookings for summer this year were up 11%, said the company.
With this news and the news regarding Jet2 extra 70,000 seats to Turkey for 2018 it certainly looks like Turkey is bouncing back and its great news for the tourism sector. Small businesses and hotels have struggled this past year, however, Turkeys die hard fans have remained loyal to the country and have kept the resorts ticking over.
Turkey has been a favourite holiday destination for Europeans and especially families for many years now, it’s not only a very beautiful and scenic country it offers outstanding value for money.
Antalya and Alanya’s boost especially by Russian visitors have helped recovery this year on the Mediterranean Coast and visitors are expected to continue to increase for 2018. The number of foreign tourists visiting Turkey rose 43 percent in June to nearly 3.5 million with a 1.573 percent year-on-year increase of arrivals from Russia. According to data from the Culture and Tourism Ministry, which was released on Aug. 1, a total of 763,727 Russians visited Turkey in June with a sharp increase from the same period in 2016.
Last year Spain saw a rise in tourists as more Europeans decided to stay a little closer to home, however, this year Spain is experiencing some problems. Thomas Cook recently said “an increase in capacity in Spain is affecting tour operator’s margins in the country, and prices were under pressure from the intense competition”
Nearly 1.4 million tourists from Europe visited Turkey in June with a 0.6 percent increase compared to the same period in 2016. Turkey’s tourism revenue has shown strong recovery in the second quarter of the year after a tough period amid a series of problems, according to the official data on July 31. In the second quarter of the year, the country’s tourism revenue rose to $5.4 billion with an 8.7 percent year-on-year increase, according to data from the Turkish Statistic Institute (TÜİK).
If you are wondering where to go for your summer holiday in 2018 or a late booking for 2017 take a look at Turkey, sunshine, beautiful beaches and warm friendly people awaits!