Posted on 14 February 2011
Antalya hotels filled to capacity and its only June
Foreign visitor attraction to Turkey’s tourism centre of Antalya continues to grow, leading to full hotel occupancy even at the beginning of the summer season, Mediterranean Tourism Hotels Union (AKTOB) Chairman Sururi Çorabatir has said.
Tourism growth has seen a remarkable acceleration in the last five months, and this growth continued in June, Çorabatir said, adding: “Antalya hotel occupancy rates are at the highest levels. Even finding a single room is difficult. We expect high occupancy to continue until mid-October.” The chairman underlined that seasonal occupancy rate peaks had already been reached: “Antalya has entered high-occupancy season. Not only five-star hotels, but other accommodation facilities are also expected to reach 100 percent occupancy soon.”
The region rightly deserves the visitors it hosts from around the globe, Çorabatir said, and the number of tourists from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in particular has increased significantly. The number of tourists from European countries has grown between 6-8 percent and the number of tourists from the Commonwealth of Independent States has increased between 25-30 percent so far this year.
Antalya has the capacity to serve conference and sports tourism, the chairman said, with its conference halls that can seat a total 118,000 and facilities for the 1,500 sports teams it hosts each winter. Hotels can operate at full capacity during the winter as well as the summer, he said.
TODAYS ZAMAN 24 JUNE 2008 (Abridged)