Holiday season

Hotels are in high demand for the holiday season

Mehmet Çınar-Antalya

Hotels in Antalya, Turkey’s tourist hotspot, and other famous destinations are enjoying high demand from overseas, as foreign tourists have started to make reservations for the Christmas and New Year holidays.

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Antalya, located on the Mediterranean coast, has already welcomed more than 9 million foreign tourists this year and is now preparing to welcome more customers this month who want to enjoy some 10 days of vacation.

In particular, the province’s five-star hotels receive bookings from Russia and European countries, and most of them expect their occupancy rates to reach around 100% on New Year’s Eve.

Not only Antalya hotels, but also the sights of other famous Turkey destinations, such as Cappadocia and ski resorts, and northern Cyprus are gearing up for a busy holiday season.

Domestic tourism activity is also expected to gain momentum as people plan to merge New Years Eve with weekend vacations.

“The hotels of the ski resort of Mount Uludağ in [the northwestern province of] Bursa is in high demand, ”said Firuz Bağlıkaya, president of the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TÜRSAB).

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Cultural tours are also in high demand for such destinations as Diyarbakır, Mardin, Bağlıkaya added.

Bağlıkaya also noted that some locals are also making reservations for foreign destinations, including tours to Balkan countries, especially Belgrade, as well as Kiev and Dubai.

Many hotels, which will be open on New Years Eve, are already full, said Ülkay Atmaca, president of the Professional Hotel Managers’ Association (POYD).

This year, domestic tourists mainly prefer local destinations during the New Year’s holidays, as the depreciation of the Turkish lira makes these trips more expensive, Atmaca said.

“The demand from local and international vacationers is strong; guests from Europe and Russia are already arriving. It will be a good year [holiday season]”said Atmaca.

New years,

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