Week long break in schools boost Turkey tourism

Published on : Wednesday, November 24, 2021

The much anticipation that the one-week holiday in schools would increase domestic tourism bookings proved right, Firuz Bağlıkaya, the Chairperson of Turkish Travel Agencies Association (TÜRSAB) said this on Tuesday, emphasizing that the uptick was well received by the professionals of tourism sector.

Between Nov. 15th and Nov. 19th, schools remained closed in accordance with the Ministry of National Education’s 2021-2022 calendar. Many people chose tried to make the most of this short holiday, giving domestic tourism a much-appreciated boost.

Bağlıkaya informed Anadolu Agency (AA) that this short break is proving to be much better than the last one, noting that more and more tourists are coming to Turkey from foreign countries as he pointed to the significant mobility in domestic markets.

“During the one-week school break, the occupancy was excellent in Turkey’s southern holiday resort city of Antalya. The tours to the Black Sea, Cappadocia and southeast also saw huge interest. The expectations of tourism professionals from the holiday have been well received,” Bağlıkaya said.

Ülkay Atmaca, head of Turkey’s Professional Hotel Managers Association (POYD), explained that the weeklong break in various schools has helped boost domestic tourism in Turkey.

“We experienced more mobility than we expected. The break was a revelation to both us and the domestic markets,” said Atmaca, noting the high occupancy rates not only in historical and touristic regions but also along the seasides.
“We hope the same impact will be seen during the semester and the other school breaks,” he added.

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