Turkey’s Southeastern Region Optimistic Regarding a Tourism Boom this Year
Published on : Monday, April 25, 2022
With the weakening of the pandemic, tourism professionals in Turkey’s southeastern region are optimistic regarding a tourism boom this year, with a flood of both local and international tourists. Occupancy rate in the region’s hotels is around 90 percent this month till now.
By the time of Eid al-Fitr holidays at the beginning of May, the rate is expected to touch 100 percent.
“It is nearly impossible to find empty rooms in hotels at weekends as of today,” said Kayahan Köse, a travel agency owner.
Locals mainly come from Istanbul, the capital Ankara and the western province of İzmir.
Short and long tour packages are both popular in the region. The short travel package consists of two-day stay in province of Şanlıurfa, Gaziantep and Adıyaman, while the long tour comprises a five-day stay with additional visits to the provinces of Mardin and Diyarbakır.
Soner Bacaksız, board member of Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TÜRSAB) said, “We now see local tourists mostly. But after the end of the pandemic, we are expecting to see international tourists as well.”
The Zeugma Museum in Gaziantep, the ancient site of Göbeklitepe in Şanlıurfa, Mount Nemrut in Adıyaman, the narrow streets of Mardin and the castle walls in Diyarbakır are some of the major tourist attractions.