The Mediterranean diamond of Antalya has been attracting tourists globally and in the first nine months of 2022, brought in over 11 million tourists to Turkey according to official data produced.
Germany and Russia boost the visitor numbers
Most visitors to the city have been either German or Russian, and this follows steady trends from previous years with tourists from Germany and Russia choosing to visit the province.
Following the COVID-19 pandemic, the city is seeing it’s busiest period since the pandemic halted the tourism industry worldwide.
According to Antalya Governorship Provincial Culture and Tourism Directorate data, between the first of January and the last day of September, the number of visitors to Antalya by air reached 11.27 million. When comparing this to the previous year, there was an increase of 57%.
Last year, the picturesque city hosted 1.7 million tourists in September. Comparing this to this year, there was an increase with a total of 1.9 million individuals choosing to holiday in Antalya. This showed an increase of 15% year-on-year in September.
Top 10 visiting countries
The country which sent the most amount of tourists to Antalya was Russia, taking first place. The southern Turkish gem welcomed 2.3 million visitors from Russia during the first nine months of 2022.
Germany closely followed Russia with a total of 2.1 million tourists holidaying in Antalya, while the United Kingdom took third place with 952,246 tourists visiting the city. In the top 10 countries for sending people over to Antalya specifically, were Poland, the Netherlands, Romania, Czechia, Israel, Kazakhstan and Denmark.
Upping the targets
In July, the government raised their end of year targets, which were originally 45 million foreign tourists and $35 billion in revenue, to 47 million tourists and $37 billion in revenue.
This year’s revenue and arrivals has primarily been backed by the amount of Russian visitors, which have chosen Turkey for their holidays given the flight restrictions currently being applied to Russia by Western countries following the invasion of Ukraine in February.
The winter energy crisis and holidays
Many Europeans have begun to book hotels in Turkey for winter holidays in a bid to escape the cold months which will be made harder by the war-driven energy crisis following the Russia-Ukraine war.
It has been established that bookings for November are already up by 50% due to European energy bills increasing more than tenfold in the past months, representatives from the Turkish tourism sector have noted.
Germany is one such country pushing for its citizens to opt into a more financially viable solution of a long winter holiday in Turkey away from the rising energy costs crippling the country. Holiday package companies in Germany have harnessed the public sentiment towards rising costs and are offering long stays across southern Europe and North Africa at affordable prices.
An expert explained that: “Turkey is already the number one destination for Germans and it's already a very strong destination in winter, so we see a lot of traffic going to the Antalya region for example.”
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