Tourist season 2018 in Turkey: expectations
The number of tourists who visited Antalya in 2017 is 58% more than in the crisis year 2016. 2018 is planned to be even more profitable for Antalya both in terms of the number of tourists and the incomes of the tourism sector.
In the expectations of the city's leadership to accept in 2018 13-14 million foreign and 3.5 million local tourists. Preparation for the tourist season of 2018 is in full swing in all areas. The work of Antalya Airport is one of the most important places in creating a favorable image of the resort as a whole. With the increase in the number of passengers at the airport, there are always problems with queues at passport control. To solve this problem, the number of employees of passport control for the summer season at Antalya airport is planned to increase by 60%, and the number of employees of ground services of the airport (HAVAŞ, ÇELEBİ, TGS) by 30-40%.
In general for Turkey, the expectations of 2018 in the tourism sector are also very high. According to statistics for February 2018, the early booking of hotels and tickets sold was record high even from Europe. So, bookings from Great Britain have already shown a gain of 66%, from Poland in 40%, in 20% growth from Germany and Holland is expected. In 2017, the number of tourists who visited Turkey increased by 28% compared to 2016 and amounted to 32.4 million, while tourism revenues grew by 17% to $ 26 billion. Target for 2018: 36 million tourists and 34 billion dollars in revenue.