The Turkish Golf Federation has announced that they are expecting 2018 to be a record-breaking year for golf tourism in Turkey. Stating that golfers particularly favour March, April, October and November which are outside of Turkey’s primary tourist season, they expect facilities in the Belek district of Antalya to reach 100% capacity.
The golfing tourism sector of Turkey, along with other travel niches has suffered in recent years as tourists avoided the country because of a failed coup and numerous terrorist attacks. Having spent all of 2017 cracking down on security, Turkey resumed a quiet period and tourists are returning. All indications say 2018 will be a record-breaking year across the board.
The Rise and Fall of Golf Tourism in Turkey
Turkish golfing tourism notably reached a peak in 2013, after the Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul was closed for an hour so Tiger Woods, could shoot a golf ball from the Asian side to the European continent.
However, in 2016, events reached a peak after the chairperson of the Golfing Federation, Ahmet Agaoglu criticised the decision by renowned British golfer to pull out of a European tournament because of safety concerns. Stating that his decision had a knock-on effect on tourism, last years played rounds dropped to 400,000, despite re-assurances from other high-level players.
As well as the general bounce back of tourism in Turkey, the golfing federation is looking forward to more promotion from the Turkish Airlines Open tournament that will be held at the Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort in Belek from the 1st to the 4th of November.
More than 1 billion people around the world are expected to tune into events. Golfers are a vital source of income for the Turkish tourism industry as they spend more than the average beach tourist.
About Belek: The Golfing Capital of Turkey
Although golf courses do feature in many areas of Turkey, Belek has garnered fame as the capital of golf tourism in Turkey thanks to its connection to high-level tournaments and also having hosted famous players such as Tiger Woods and many world leaders during the G20 summit.
Before golfing, the region was already known for its high-end luxury spa hotels. Belek belongs to the vast Antalya region of Mediterranean Turkey that is the second most popular holiday destination in the country.
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