As the tourism mobility in Turkey’s resort cities of Antalya and Muğla has gained momentum after flights from several countries resumed, industry representatives now expect the activity and occupancy rates to further increase during the Qurban Bayram holiday, also known as Eid al-Adha.
“People have missed going on holidays very much during the quarantine process so they will be showing high interest in tourism centers during the Qurban Bayram holiday,” Ülkay Atmaca, head of Turkey’s Professional Hotel Managers Association (POYD), said.
Efforts to stem the virus’s spread, focusing on people staying at home and avoiding most human contact, have hit economies hard, especially the tourism and travel sectors.
After February, Turkey postponed its tourism season until June. With a normalization process starting in June, tourist facilities in Turkey reopened with rigorous measures to ensure safety and avoid spreading the virus.
Apart from the domestic market, tourists from several countries, with which flights have recently resumed following a monthslong hiatus, namely Ukraine, the U.K. and Kazakhstan, have been arriving in Turkey’s resort cities.
The mobility is expected to further gain momentum during the four-day holiday, Qurban Bayram, the Muslim festival of sacrifice, which will begin on July 31.
The domestic market will see greater activity during the holiday, Atmaca said and added: “At the moment, the domestic market constitutes most of the hotels. Reservations continue to arrive for Qurban Bayram. I think we’ll receive more bookings next week. The holiday will be very dynamic.”
Closed facilities to open during holiday
Alanya Touristic Operators Association Chairman Burhan Şili said facilities that are still closed will open during the four-day holiday.
Şili noted that 25 hotels that have received certificates from the Culture and Tourism Ministry and 50 hotels that received the certificate from the municipality are currently open.
“The occupancy rates at our open hotels are at the level of 50%, consisting mainly of the domestic market. We have guests from abroad, especially from Ukraine. There is a high demand for Eid,” he said, stressing that the mobility would particularly pick up when the holiday starts.
“We expect high occupancy in our facilities during Eid al-Adha. With news from Germany and Russia, mobility will further increase in August,” he added.