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British tourist favored Mugla in 2020 for holiday

Mugla is one of the most important tourism destinations in the world. Among 695 thousand 314 tourists who chose Mugla for a holiday last year, 309 thousand 717 of them were from the UK.

Mugla, where popular tourism centers are located, became the indispensable holiday destination of the British, thanks to the safe and healthy tourism services provided despite the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic.

Being among the important tourism destinations of the world, Mugla stands out with its sea, sand, sun as well as its historical and natural beauties, ancient cities, and luxury accommodation facilities.

In the city, which hosts millions of tourists every year, a healthy and safe holiday opportunity was offered within the scope of the “Safe Tourism Certification Program” initiated in the Covid-19 process under the coordination of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

Mugla, which is preferred by the majority of British tourists coming to Turkey, hosted the citizens of this country in the first place last year.

According to the information compiled by the AA correspondent from the Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism, 695 thousand 314 tourists visited Mugla last year.

The countries with the highest number of tourists were the UK with 309 thousand 717 tourists, Russia with 159 thousand 397 tourists, Ukraine with 127 thousand 564 visitors, Poland with 17 thousand 424 tourists, and Germany with 16 thousand 313 tourists.

UK is the largest source market

Turkish Hoteliers Federation (TUROFED) Vice President and South Aegean Touristic Hoteliers and Operators Association President Bulent Bulbuloglu told Anadolu Agency (AA) that the largest source market of Mugla is the UK.

Stating that Mugla is a popular region in England, Bulbuloglu said, “Although the tourism season in the world in 2020 was not good due to Covid-19, we hosted around 310 thousand British tourists. Competing countries could not host that many British guests. We attach great importance to the UK market.”

Emphasizing that they have been working seriously as sector representatives together with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism during the epidemic process, Bulbuloglu expressed that they are hopeful for 2021.

Bulbuloglu stated that the work for the UK market continues and they received positive feedback from the guests.

“I think we will have a better tourism season”

Turkey Travel Agencies Association Marmaris Regional Representative Board Chairman Suat Esin also noted that the ministry and sector representatives worked very well in the Covid-19 process.

As a result of this, with the arrival of British tourists in the region, Esin stated that they spent July and August full, and said:

“It has become a lifeline for our region. We did a good job for two months without anticipation from 2020. We expect more in 2021. The British have a soft spot for Marmaris for years. Sea, nature, and sun are among their greatest choices. Yacht tours, private tours, and villa tourism have experienced serious dynamism. It was very pleasing for us. I think we will have a better tourism season if there is no problem with vaccination. In every country, there are communities that are thirsty to travel and see.”

Yucel Okutur, Chairman of Dalaman, Ortaca, Koycegiz Touristic Hoteliers Association, said that the British, who do not easily change their preferences, love the region and will not give it up.

Source: AA / Translated by Bazaar Times Team

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