New published statistics confirm that, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, 2.5 million visitors visited Antalya on the Mediterranean coast in Turkey. Experts in the tourism industry firmly believe that this is the result of a campaign being conducted to ensure the health and safety of tourists of paramount importance in Turkey.
Safe tourism certification program
The Ministry of Culture and Tourism is responsible for the “Safe Tourism Certification Program”, and most tourist facilities in Turkey have joined the program. This program is set up to provide some form of certification for all places used by tourists, such as: airports, hotels and beaches. This program has enabled larger trips, especially now that international flights are allowed again.
Tourism numbers in Antalya
The tourism sector in Antalya is known around the world for its stunning beaches, natural beauty, historical and cultural monuments and outstanding luxury facilities offered to travelers. During the past nine months, from January to September, more than 2.5 million foreigners decided to vacation in Antalya.
Association of professional hoteliers
POYD leader (Association of Professional Hoteliers) Ulkay Atmaca said Turkey was thrilled to be the country to host so many visitors this year, especially as the whole world is struggling with COVID-19. He said that reaching the figure of 2.5 million tourists is extraordinary because many facilities were closed and international flights were suspended until about three months ago.
Tourist safety in Turkey
Turkey has taken drastic measures to ensure that all tourists who choose to visit Turkey are assured that they will be safe and that their health comes first. This was great for tourists visiting the country, but it was also crucial that the health of resort employees was just as important.
Where are the tourists from?
Kaan Kavaloglu, vice president of the Association of Mediterranean Tourist Hoteliers, said visitors came mainly from Ukraine, the UK and Russia. Kavaloglu also said they expect an extended season, especially since Turkey is such an important place to visit around the world. He continued: “Turkey was the first choice of travelers from European countries, along with those coming from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).”