Tourist arrivals in Antalya jump over 90%

ANTALYA

Nearly 516,000 foreign tourists visited Turkey’s top holiday destination in the first three months of 2020, marking a solid 93% increase from a year ago.

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Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and anti-virus measures, more than 9 million international tourists visited Antalya in 2021. The local tourism industry managed to continue attracting foreign tourists in the first quarter of this year thanks to the certificate of safe tourism, which obliges hotels to follow strict rules against the coronavirus.

In January-March 2021, the city welcomed 267,000 international visitors, but foreign tourist arrivals soared to 515,993 during the same period of 2022, according to data from the provincial directorate of culture and tourism.

More than 111,000 German holidaymakers arrived in the city, located on the country’s Mediterranean coast, in February alone, the data shows. The Russians claimed second place with 86,400. Antalya also received nearly 58,000 visitors from the UK.

At the start of the year, the city’s hoteliers had high hopes for a new tourist season, especially for the summer, as countries around the world ease travel restrictions.

However, the war in Ukraine raises fears that there will be fewer arrivals from Russia and Ukraine this year. People in the industry also fear that in the event of a protracted conflict, the influx of tourists from European countries could decrease this year due to the wider economic impact of the war on nations.

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Meanwhile, representatives of German tourism agencies paid a three-day visit to Antalya to hold talks with their peers and hoteliers. They were also informed about the safe tourism certificate.