Turkey’s tourism rating upgraded

As restrictions were relaxed in Europe, the increase in the number of cases triggered a second wave of bans. After the UK, Germany also issued a ‘risk zone’ warning for Spain and the country closed its holiday season. Turkey, which has just opened the season, is shining with the measures it has taken. While emphasizing that the smallest tourism movement this year is an investment for the coming years, tourism sector representatives say that competitors such as Spain and Greece have failed in this regard. Industry representatives state that Turkey has an advantage and will be one of the countries that will recover the best next year.

Antalya is seen as a lucky city

The tourist movement in Turkey, which started with Ukraine, continues with the UK, Russia and Germany. Antalya received 72,479 tourists by air over the weekend. Stating that approximately 750 million tourists travel in Europe, Recep Yavuz, Chairman of the Antalya City Council Tourism Working Group, said, “The areas where these tourists can go are also limited. We are one of the closest and safest destinations. Therefore, luck is on our side. If there is no mishap, if there is no increase in coronavirus, these tourists will turn to Antalya. We need to follow the precautions well and make good use of this situation. The figures for Antalya are going well. Between August 1-15, 325 thousand tourists came to Antalya. 106 thousand of these tourists came from Russia, 74 thousand from Ukraine, 48 thousand from Germany, 36 thousand from England and other countries.

Number of hotels open increased in August

Emphasizing that the goal this year is to make it to next year safely, Sururi Çorabatır, President of the Hoteliers Federation of Turkey (TÜROFED), said that the number of open hotels in Antalya increased to 60 percent in August and occupancy rates were between 50-60 percent. Professional Hotel Managers Association (POYD) President Ülkay Atmaca said, “We showed the measures we took. ‘Safe Tourism Certificate’ was the first in the world. The sector adapted to this incredibly quickly.

Spain could not control the cases, closed the season

  • In recent days, especially in Spain, there have been 3,000 new cases per day and this has been steadily increasing, raising concerns. The country is back to the April figures when the process started. Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa announced last weekend that they had to take radical new decisions. Spain ranks 10th in the world with approximately 345 thousand cases.
  • Germany included Spain and the Balearic Islands in the list of risk areas due to the increasing number of cases. France advised the public not to travel to the Catalonia region, while Norway announced that quarantine will be reinstated for those returning from Spain.
  • The ban on Spain, the country most visited by Germans, and the fact that the ban included Majorca and was effective immediately, shocked travel agencies, hotels and airline companies.
  • The decision also applies to tourists on vacation. Tourists returning from Spain have two options: Get tested in Spain 48 hours before their return and pay for it themselves (€120-150) or get tested in Germany within 3 days of their return and stay at home in quarantine for 24-48 hours until the test results are available.
  • With Germany’s decision, TUI and Der Touristik announced that they have stopped flights to Spain. While TUI stated that it will fulfill the request of the guests who are in the region to return, it will also shift the reservations to other destinations in the coming days.

Source: https://www.dunya.com/sektorler/turizm/turkiyenin-turizm-notu-artti-haberi-478236

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