Traffic woes in Turkey’s Antalya

Saturday, November 18, 2023



Traffic congestion has become increasingly prominent in Turkey’s tourism hub of Antalya.

It expects to welcome as many as 16 million visitors this year, breaking the all-time record set in 2019.

Recep Yavuz told a news agency that waiting a long time in traffic jams has become one of the major complaints of foreign visitors.

He is the head of the Antalya City Council’s Tourism Working Group.

It dampened their delights of enjoying Antalya’s endless sunshine, long beaches and numerous resorts.

Yavuz said tourists could spend more time shuttling from the airport to hotels or tour companies than they spent on coming to Turkey.

He also added that the traffic woes loom larger in the peak season between May and September.

He explained the tourists’ dissatisfaction is considerable when they waste an entire day of their holidays in traffic on the road.

Experts and industry insiders warned that traffic congestion could make the region’s public image dismal.

A local official told a news agency that all stakeholders have agreed to figure out swift solutions to traffic congestion across Antalya’s tourism resorts.

Measures are implemented to expand the capacity of transport infrastructures to handle more tourists.

As one of the busiest airports in Turkey, the Antalya airport is currently undergoing a comprehensive renovation and expansion project.

It will double its annual passenger capacity from 40 million to 80 million.

The first phase of the project began in January 2022. It should be complete by January 2025 includes the construction of a new runway, terminal building and cargo handling facility.

Hamit Kuk called on the central government and local authorities to increase funds for the modernisation of the province’s road infrastructure in the next years.

He is an advisor to the chairman of the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies.

Kuk said the traffic problem in Antalya constitutes a national and urgent issue to tackle for the tourism industry.

20 million tourists are likely to visit the Mediterranean tourism hub. Also the country’s fifth most populous province, within five years.

Tourism is a pillar industry for Turkey as the country is grappling with runaway inflation and in dire need of hard currency.

The country has set a target of $56 billion in tourism turnover for this year amid a leap in foreign arrivals, especially in Antalya resorts.

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