Record excitement gripped Balikesir, which was among the top 5 provinces that had a successful period in the fight against the pandemic and managed to turn blue. It is expected that the occupancy in the accommodation facilities and the great density experienced at the airport will also be reflected in the TUIK data, which has not yet been announced.
The ongoing pandemic has affected the tourism sector as well as all sectors. Millions of people made holiday plans with the removal of the travel restriction and the stretching of the measures just before the summer season opened. The great activity that started in the middle of June reached its peak during the Eid al-Adha. Balikesir also got its share from this activity. Balikesir University Faculty Member Associate Professor Muammer Bezirgan stated that Balikesir will break the all-time record in tourism in 2021.
“DEMAND WILL CONTINUE IN SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER”
Stating that there is a decrease in demand with the opening of schools, but there is a mass waiting for the months of September and October for the holidays, Faculty Member Muammer Bezirgan said, “I think that this year’s specific demand will continue in the autumn months as well. The Ministry of Tourism and TUIK have not yet published their summer tourism statistics. However, I can say that there is a tourism boom in Balikesir, according to preliminary data such as the information I received from accommodation establishments, field observations and passenger traffic at Koca Seyit Airport.”
BALIKESIR’S RECORD YEAR
Expressing that there was a tourism boom in Balikesir this year, Bezirgan said, “According to Tursab, more than 10 million people in the domestic market across Turkey participated in intercity travel during the summer period, and the domestic market occupancy in hotels was 35 to 40% higher than in 2019. I think these numbers are also valid for Balikesir. My expectation is that Balikesir tourism has increased by 25% compared to 2019. If such a result occurs, 2021 will be a record year for Balikesir tourism.”
Source: Sabah / Translated by Irem Yildiz