Turkey's tourism campaign attracts 2.5 million early bookings

Over 2.5 million people have made early bookings thus far, profiting from a campaign initiated in December, declared Cem Polatoğlu, the interpreter for the Platform of Tour Operators.

A significant increase within the range of foreign tourists specially is expected, Polatoğlu told, noting that early bookings launched with a 50% discount and 9 months installments are in high demand.

"There is a 15% increase in early bookings compared to last year. 2.5 million individuals have already made their early reservations," he told Anadolu Agency (AA), stressing domestic tourists ought to get a go on to require advantage of the campaign. Talking about reservations from abroad, Polatoğlu also said, "First, there are reservations from Russia. In Europe, on the opposite hand, we tend to see a really serious demand from Germany. The very fact that British tourists have resumed their reservations to Bodrum after 3 years is a real pleasure. We tend to expect a rise in different European countries still."


He stated that 2018 was really productive for Turkish tourism, adding last year's performance will be surpassed in 2019.

According to the Tourism Ministry, over 37,5 million foreigners visited the country within the initial 11 months of 2018, up 23% yearly. Once the figures for December are declared, the country is predicted to surpass the target of 40 million foreign guests, an all-time high.

The figures declares that the country hosted nearly 43 million guests, together with Turkish expats living abroad, within the same amount of this year, with a 21.35 % yearly increase. The year 2018 was projected to be completed with 45 million guests.

Polatoğlu additionally stated, quotas for domestic tourists have fallen because of the interest of foreign tourists in hotels, which means 80% of the quotas for July and August are already over. "In order to achieve the target of 50 million tourists in 2019, we tend to  attach importance to culture and gastronomy tourism. Çatalhöyük and Göbeklitepe promotions are next. Both the ministry and private sector representatives do their best in fairs abroad," he said.

The world's oldest temple, thought as the birthplace of early civilizations, Göbeklitepe can outline the code of the Turkish tourism policy this year. In an exceedingly bid to market one of the most important and ancient anthropology sites - situated in Turkey's southeastern province of Şanlıurfa -the government has declared 2019 as the year of Göbeklitepe

Last Updated: 3/5/2019 2:44:03 PM