The cool weather, which for several days settled in the resorts of the main Turkish province, did not stop the loading of Antalya hotels with tourists who felt the spirit of freedom after the decline in the number of cases of coronavirus in Turkey. The past week has been a busy one: hotel occupancy during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, which partially coincided with the Russian May holidays, reached 80 percent. As Turkish media noted, the pandemic has gone off the agenda and against this background, the number of guests has exceeded the expectations of Turkish experts.
During the 5-day vacation, many families who had been postponing their vacation for a long time due to the pandemic flooded into Antalya. Between 30 and 50 percent of the total hotel capacity was filled by domestic tourists, and 30 percent by foreign tourists. Ferit Turgut, Chairman of the Council of Representatives of the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TÜRSAB) for the Mediterranean Region, said that the occupancy of hotels and hostels in Antalya was high: “All sectors are getting their share. It was a big start to the season. This state of affairs has boosted the morale of everyone.”
Korhan Alshan, CEO of Nirvana Hotels Group, also noted that there is activity in the domestic market in hotels: “The total capacity of hotels is 30-50 percent of the domestic market. About 30 percent of the seats were filled by foreign markets. In the Antalya region, occupancy rates of 60 to 80 percent are observed. The season is just starting. During this period, there is usually little demand in the domestic market. I saw results that were beyond my expectations. I attribute this to the fact that covid has disappeared from the agenda. The coincidence of the date of the holiday with the end of the pandemic created the effect of a double holiday among tourists. People got sad. Even in 2019, bookings on the domestic market fluctuated by 10-20 percent lower than now.”
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