Tour operators claim that Turkey is rebounding to shoulder Spain’s strain

Published on : Thursday, August 17, 2017

indexFor the last couple of years, “Spain is full” has been a common catchphrase used among the European travel bosses.

For long time, the destinations in the Mediterranean have been a popular hit, particularly among the sun-starved Northern Europeans. However, lately, the historic cities and sandy beaches of this part attracted even more visitors.

Last year, as per the recent tourism report of the UNWTO, Spain saw 10.3 percent rise in its international arrivals by 75.6 million.

Though Spain might be moving up, other popular places thronged by European vacationers found it quite tougher.

If we look at last year, Turkey reported a drop of 30 percent in terms of foreign arrivals, the number of international tourists in Egypt declined by 43 percent. Even though Tunisia witnessed a 6.8 percent rise, the statistics ares still low from 2014.

Terrorism and different geo-political issues are the main causes of declining numbers in tourists. These damaging situations made things even tougher for tour operators last year, who failed to depend on the customary supply of cheap hotel beds in the Middle East and North Africa. They rather had to jostle for hotel rooms in pricier Western European destinations.

Latest outcomes in terms of big European travel companies portray that this might get altered.

TUI Group’s chief executive Fritz Joussen said the company was “pretty bullish on Turkey,” adding: “I mean we see not only a stabilizing demand, not only Russia coming in, but also rebuilding demand in Europe.”


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