The Turkish revival has started

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Turkey – expecting more tourists and they probably won’t be disappointed

Coming on the back of Jet 2’s decision to increase the number of flights to Turkey from UK airports, coincidentally, it would seem that the country itself is seeing more tourists holidaying there.

Beset by political and terrorist activities, Turkey which once could boast that it would be the choice for British holidaymakers, has seen a big slump in holidaymakers not just from the UK and Ireland but from another major market – Germany – as well. A few year’s ago it seemed that another new museum and another new marina opened every season. New airports were considered and Istanbul airport was revamped causing many hub airports in Europe to view Istanbul as their major competitor in the future. That optimism has been shaken over the last two years but it has now returned.

Last Friday, the new minister of Culture and Tourism of Turkey, Professor Dr. Numan Kurtulmuş, announced a target of 50 million international visitors to Turkey by 2023 which it is estimated would bring in $50 billion.

Visitor numbers are up 14.05%for the first 6 months of 2017 and up by 36.53 percent in June this year compared to June 2016. In the second quarter of the year, the country’s tourism revenue rose to $5.4 billion with an 8.7 percent year-on-year increase, according to data from the Turkish Statistic Institute (TÜİK).

Russia has been the main source of the revival with 2.89 million holidaying there in May. European holidaymaker numbers were still in decline as recently as May but June foreign visitor numbers rose by 43% to 3.5 million. Britons used to be one of the largest sources of visitors but now we are only fifth.

That will change now that Britons feel more comfortable about holidaying in Turkey again and by the end of 2019, it wouldn’t surprise many if a British surge had occurred.  If Jet 2 feels the time has come to add so many flights they must be seeing evidence that holidaymakers want to return.


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