Published on : Monday, April 22, 2019
The local hotel industry and national tourism associations have welcomed the Turkish government’s decision to extend the Ramadan holiday in early June to nine days. It is saying that this extension of holiday could prove a boon to the national tourism industry and generate an additional 3 billion Turkish Lira income for the travel and tourism sector.
The Ramadan holiday was initially scheduled for June 3 (half day) and June 6 this year, however the government of Turkey has announced last week that the public servants will be on administrative leave from June 3 to June 7, effectively extending the holiday to nine days, including the weekends before and after the religious festivity. There are many private sector employees are also expected to hit the road during the extended holiday.
Firuz Bağlıkaya, the president of Turkish Travel Agencies Union (TÜRSAB) said that in the upcoming Ramadan holiday, they are expecting some 2 million locals to be on the move and 3 billion liras of additional revenue to be generated from this mobility. Kuşadası, Bodrum, Didim, Marmaris, Fethiye, Antalya and Alanya will be the main destinations for holidaymakers during the Ramadan holiday, according to Bağlıkaya. The tourism executives of other tourism associations joined Bağlıkaya in welcoming the extended holiday as a strong boon to the industry. The tourism in Turkey hosted around 39.5 million visitors and earned $29.5 billion revenue last year. Turkey has targeted to host 50 million tourists in 2023.