Turkey’s tourism industry hopeful about domestic market

Published on : Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Turkey’s tourism industry is hopeful that it could have the “best season of the century” in the domestic market if there are no new corona virus restrictions. Turks are expected to visit resort cities.


However, the high mobility could bring in increasing prices.


Local tourists are the lifeline for the Turkish tourism industry throughout the chaotic periods in recent years. They might come to the rescue once again this year with flights to resume from top markets like Russia and the U.K.
Declining daily corona virus infections has made the government to relax rules further, including partially lifting a weekend lockdown and opening businesses like cafes and restaurants.


Local tourist agencies are hopeful about booming mobility since most Turks have had their holidays delayed due to the pandemic.


“Without new restrictions, the best season of the century could be seen in the domestic market. There would be over 50% increase over 2019,” said Mete Vardar, chairperson of the board of Jolly travel agency.


“Following the full lockdown, mobility has picked up again. We are seeing way more growth than planned,” Vardar said.


He said that Jolly expects to end the year with 370,000 passengers and earnings of around TL 900 million ($103.83 million). Vardar also stressed the significance of foreign visitors from markets like Russia, the U.K. and Germany.

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