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Chinese Tourism in Turkey Reports Record Numbers

Anadolu News Agency is reporting record figures for Chinese tourism in Turkey. During the first half of 2018, 191,000 Chinese tourists came to Turkey, an increase year-on-year of 91%. The growth has been credited towards China’s promotion for the country in a targetted “2018 The Year of Turkish Tourism” campaign....

Posted on 24 August 2018

Turkish Hotels Report 100% Occupancy for Kurban Bayram

Turkish hotels in main touristic areas of Turkey have warned holidaymakers without reservations, they will be disappointed because most hotels are running at 100% occupancy rates. Asking them to pre-book before they arrive, the request comes as Turkey enters the annual religious Kurban Bayram holiday. The official holiday runs from...

Posted on 19 August 2018

Tourism in Antalya Boosted by Brits Getting Value for Money

While Turkey’s tourism industry has rebounded in 2018, domestic and foreign newspapers say Brits taking advantage of the all-time low Turkish lira, and low prices,  are boosting tourism in Antalya. Travel Agency and Airline Thomas Cook confirmed Antalya has now overtaken Palma De Mallorca as their most popular destination, with...

Posted on 11 August 2018

Turkish Hotel Industry Enjoying Nearly Full Occupancy Rates

The Turkish hotel industry is reporting a successful first half to 2018, with occupancy rates nearly reaching full capacity for the height of the summer season. Both domestic and international visitors are contributing towards the bounce back following 3 years of low bookings amid security fears. International visitors have risen...

Posted on 17 July 2018

Gobekli Tepe Added to UNESCO World Heritage Site List

Gobekli Tepe, an ancient temple of immense importance has joined the ranks of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Added on July the 1st, to much celebration of archaeologists, this takes the total amount of approved sites in Turkey to 18, while 77 are still on the tentative list. As well as...

Posted on 02 July 2018

Halal Tourism in Turkey Shows Fruitful Results for 2018

A report by the Daily Sabah newspaper has revealed that halal tourism in Turkey has risen in popularity to grab a 2% share of the global market that is worth 226 billion USD from an estimated 156 million Muslims that travel from all over the globe. Yet Turkey is not...

Posted on 13 June 2018

2023 Turkish Tourism Strategy Aims For 50 Million Annual Visitors

Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu has confirmed Turkey is still aiming to achieve its ambitious 2023 Turkish Tourism Strategy plan that will result in 50 million tourists descending on the country every year. This will generate annual revenue of 50 billion USD, making Turkey a leading performer on the global travel...

Posted on 29 May 2018

Medical Tourism in Turkey Boosted by Government Incentives

The Turkish government has unveiled new incentives to boost its medical tourism sector that in 2017 generated 10 billion USD in revenue and was an increase of 31% on the year before. The incentives were unveiled by Naci Agbal, the Turkish finance minister and include VAT Exemption for foreigners who...

Posted on 25 April 2018

Trip Advisor Says Istanbul is the 9th Best Destination in the World

For their 2018 Travelers Choice Awards, Trip Advisor has named Istanbul, the 9th best destination in the world. The boost to its touristic reputation will be welcomed by many travel industry experts of Turkey who are expecting 2018 to be a record year of tourism. Over the last 2 years,...

Posted on 24 March 2018

The Turkish Tourism Industry Hopes for a Successful Year

The Turkish tourism industry is looking forward to a profitable year as latest reports show European and other nationalities are flocking back to explore the country’s cities and enjoy the 7000 kilometres of coastline. Reaching its peak in 2015, the Turkish tourism industry weathered a series of disasters in recent...

Posted on 19 March 2018

2018 is the Year of Troy in Turkey

2018 is the year of Troy in Turkey and excitement is growing as the western province of Canakkale where the historic city is located, plans a series of events to celebrate its 20th year as a World UNESCO Heritage site. Declaring 2018 as the year of Troy is not only...

Posted on 17 January 2018

Turkish Tourism Bounces Back and Looks Forward to 2018

The Turkish tourism industry started 2017 with apprehension, but industry insiders are celebrating a successful comeback with high hopes for 2018. Stats revealed by the country’s official statistical organisation said in the first ten months of 2017, tourist numbers increased by 28% year-on-year, coming in at a total of 29...

Posted on 20 December 2017

Turkey’s New Tourism Strategy

After boosting their travel and tourism industries to record-breaking levels, Turkey took a knock after a series of events over the last two years kept visitors away. A disagreement with Russia severely affected the Antalya region, which has for many years, heavily relied on Russian holidaymakers. Likewise, Europeans concerned about...

Posted on 23 November 2017

Four Cities in Turkey Listed on the Top 100 Most Visited

On November the 7th, at the World Travel Market in London, Euromonitor International unveiled the top 100 most visited cities in the world and four Turkish cities; Istanbul, Antalya, Edirne and Artvin appeared on the list. Detailing the importance of their research, Euromonitor said cities are at the forefront of...

Posted on 10 November 2017

Antalya Cruise Port Project Will Open for Bids

Antalya on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey is looking to tap into the cruise ship travel industry on a massive scale with a new project to accommodate world class cruise liners. The Antalya Cruise and Yacht Harbour Complex Project has received government approval to move to the next stage of...

Posted on 25 September 2017

Tourism Update from Turkey

Turkey’s tourism sector smoothly entered September having received a boost from domestic travellers. The Turkish government extended the annual public holiday for Kurban Bayram, known as the feast of sacrifice to 10 days. Experts say this encouraged more than 1 million Turks to hit the open road for extended family...

Posted on 04 September 2017

Report Reveals Brits Prefer the Mugla Region of Turkey

A recent report by the Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism, and published in the Daily Sabah Newspaper has revealed that British people prefer the Mugla region of Turkey. Covering the southwestern coast, the stats compiled by the national news agency Anadolu, show that Brits are not only the top...

Posted on 08 August 2017

After Effects of the Recent Heatwave in Turkey

A recent heatwave in Turkey has received mixed reactions from locals and promoted a series of events previously unknown. On June the 30th, Meteorology Departments, through the country’s official press agency, warned of record temperatures and humidity levels coming in from the North African area, that would impact Greece, Bulgaria...

Posted on 03 July 2017

Turkish Tourism News for June 2017

Overall, June 2017 has been a successful month for the Turkish tourism industry that is slowly bouncing back after two years of devastating results for the country’s 6th largest industry. Much of the hype and attention was focused on Russian tourists, after the Russian consulate general in Antalya, predicted that...

Posted on 29 June 2017

A New Addition to Cave Tourism in Turkey

Even though turmoil in recent years has prompted a decrease in year-on-year visitors to the country of Turkey; tourism stats are still much higher than they were at the turn of the century. One prominent reason for this is the intense diversification, of its tourism structure to capture the attention...

Posted on 12 June 2017