A senior official said that the number of passengers arriving on cruises in Turkey had exceeded the one million mark in 2022. This marked the complete rebound of the crucial industry after the consequence that came as a result of the pandemic.
Comparing 2021 and 2022
Throughout the last year, according to Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoglu, approximately 991 cruise ships were docked at ports in Turkey, which had increased more than 12 times when compared to 2021, which saw only 78 cruises arrive.
Reaching more than one million, the number of cruise passengers had increased 22 times, Karaismailoglu said, with only 45,362 passengers arriving throughout the year in 2021.
The highlights of the cruise industry in 2022
The minister said that most cruise ships were hosted in Kusadasi, a region on the Western shores of Turkey, in 2022, with a total of 464 ships arriving carrying 493,834 passengers. The port at Istanbul, Galataport, saw some 143 ships docked during 2022. It was chosen as port of the year after hosting 220,082 passengers during 2022.
Galatport and its goals
Galataport in Istanbul is set to bring a new lease of life to the industry. This is expected to help to energise the industry and cruise travel, especially from the Mediterranean and Black Seas. Galataport has the goal of embracing 25 million visitors per year; included in this total is 1.5 million passengers arriving on cruise ships.
Other ports of the country
Ranking in third was the port of Bodrum, in the southwest. They welcomed 98 ships carrying a total of 95,462 tourists. Highlighted by Karaismailoglu, it was seen that there was a significant rebound in the cruise tourism for other ports in the northern Black Sea regions of Amasra, Sinop and Trabzon.
The ports of Amasra and Unye only recently hosted cruise ships along the Black Sea for the first time, Karaismailoglu noted. The minister continued to say in his statement that eight different cruise ships docked at Amasra Port, carrying a total of 4,905 passengers to the region.
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