Pamukkale, which is among the ruins that attract the most tourists in Turkey, hosted 1 million 200 thousand 650 visitors last year. Gazi Murat Sen, President of Denizli Touristic Hotel and Operators Association, said, “We expect tourists to show intense demand to our country with the decrease of the effect of the epidemic in the spring and the opening of all international flights.”
Local and foreign tourists coming to Pamukkale, which is famous for its white travertines, see the magnificent beauty of nature and ancient cities.
After the normalization process in the fight against the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19), epidemic measures are strictly controlled in the region where foreign tourists as well as domestic guests come in.
Pamukkale, which draws attention among the ruins that attract the most tourists in Turkey, hosted 2 million 580 thousand 245 people in 2019.
In 2020, when the Covid-19 epidemic was effective, 625 thousand 120 visitors came to Pamukkale.
Last year, 1 million 200 thousand 650 people visited Pamukkale, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and described as a “white paradise”.
Tourism professionals in Pamukkale continue their preparations for the new season.
“NIGHT LIGHTING WILL ENSURE US TO REACH OUR GOALS EASY”
Gazi Murat Sen, President of Denizli Touristic Hotel and Operators Association, told Anadolu Agency (AA) that they were aiming to host around 1 million guests in the region last year, and that they were happy to exceed this.
Noting that their target is 2 million visitors next year, Sen said, “We are confident that we will achieve our target of 2 million tourists next year. We expect tourists to show intense demand to our country with the decrease in the effect of the epidemic in the spring months and the opening of all international flights.”
Sen stated that as tourism professionals, they intend to reach their targets for 2023 with sure steps, and continued as follows:
“The fact that night lighting will start at the beginning of the season this year will enable us to reach our goals easily. Those who visit here during the day will encounter a different atmosphere when they visit it at night. Tourists will experience incredible moments especially at the Gate of Hell that will be opened and the ancient theater where the events will take place. Thus, someone who has visited Pamukkale many times will want to see it again. In this way, both the number of days of stay and the number of visitors will increase.”
Explaining that all our domestic and foreign guests, together with the safe tourism certificate, enjoyed their holidays comfortably, Sen said, “Tourists did not encounter a virus case when they returned to their homes. As a result, they demanded our foreign guests to our country intensively. They tried to implement this system in other countries after us, but Turkey was the country that implemented this system most successfully. Even if the pandemic ends from now on, this certificate will be an indispensable document for us tourism professionals. In this way, foreigners will feel more secure. We will see the benefits of this together with the numbers.”
“2022 WILL BE MUCH BRIGHTER AND BUSY”
Provincial Culture and Tourism Director Turhan Veli Akyol said that despite the epidemic, 2021 was a year of rapid recovery for Denizli culture and tourism in general.
Stating that last year’s visitor numbers gave more hope for this year, Akyol said, “We think that 2022 will be a much more productive, brighter and more active year for our city’s history, art, culture and tourism in Denizli. I would like to state that you will hear the name Denizli much more frequently now on internet platforms, social media and all over the world, especially with the works we have done and will continue to do in digital.”
Source: Sabah / Translated by Irem Yildiz