Turkey – Travel agency expects a better year

Posted on 14 February 2011

Date: 07/04/2010
Turkey – Travel agency expects a better year

Turkey is likely to have a good tourism season this year if Spain and Greece do not reduce prices, a travel agency official said Tuesday.

“The possibility of reduced prices in Spain and Greece, major destinations for European tourists, especially for German tourists, would create a risk for Turkey,” said Ayhan Bektas, chairman of Turkish travel agency Odeon Tourism International, or OTI.

Despite the recent global economic downturn, Turkey has been the only country to see increasing tourist numbers among top 10 tourist destinations in 2009. Nearly 27 million tourists visited Turkey last year, a 2.5 percent rise over 2008, although global tourism contracted 4 percent and European tourism plunged 6 percent.

“There is a 53 percent rise in total reservations when compared to last year,” Bektas said. “We expect to host 30 million tourists in Turkey this year.”

07/04/2010 Source Hurriyet Daily News

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