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Turkish Tourism Boosted by Strong Euro

Posted on 09 July 2009

As we predicted (with the help of ABTA) it would on this blog, the strong Euro is causing more British tourists to choose Turkey as the destination of their traditional summer holiday, at the expense of the traditional favourites like Spain and Greece.

An article in today’s Zaman President of the Professional Hotel Managers Association (POYD) Volkan Şimşek was quoted as saying:

“Nearly 5 million tourists were flocking to Spanish beaches every year, and we have started to see a serious decline in this number. We know that a good number of those who are now avoiding Spanish resorts are heading to much cheaper Turkish alternatives.”

However according to ABTA the number of Brits visiting Spain each year was 11million. ABTA also said that the number of Brits currently visiting Turkey each year is 1.5million. Şimşek asserted that this number will shortly reach 3 million, equal to those coming from Germany and Russia, Turkey’s biggest markets at present.

Şimşek also highlighted the fact that many Turkish hotel and resort owners are currently giving their accommodation face-lifts, because Britons insist on cleanliness in their accommodation.

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