Mehmet Çınar / Antalya, July 19 () – Four-day-long Eid-al-Fitr holiday cheered the tourism sector in Turkey, after a tough year where the industry was hit by a severe blow due to crisis in Russia.
Chairman of POYD (Professional Hotel Managers Association) Ali Kızıldağ noted an occupancy rate of 100 percent at the hotels and attributed this recovery to the holiday of Eid-al-Fitr.
“We observe a huge demand in the domestic market. Aegean and Mediterranean coasts are highly busy” added Kızıldağ.
According to Kızıldağ, around 150 thousand people have preferred to head to the coasts of Turkey and room prices are ranging from 250 to 750 liras per night.
While Antalya has been the first preference for many travellers, Kemer, Belek, Side, Alanya of southern coasts and Marmaris, Bodrum, Kuşadası in Aegean coast were also significant attraction points this year, commented ETS Tourism Domestic Tour Manager Suat Özbek.
Nevertheless, Özbek added that the number of visitors this year - more than 130 thousand people - could not be considered a success, regarding the population counting to 80 millions in the country.
The "economy of Eid-al-Fitr holiday" is expected to provide a value between 250-300 million liras for the tourism sector.