In Antalya, which is one of the important tourism destinations in terms of the number of tourists it hosts, there is a busy New Year’s Eve.
The city, which had a better season than 2020 in the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) process, became the tourism destination preferred by 8 million 962 thousand 901 foreign tourists in 11,5 months. The activity that started in June in Antalya continues for New Year’s events as well.
The city, which attracts tourists from all over the world, especially Russia, Ukraine and Germany, is getting ready for the New Year. The streets in the city are illuminated and decorated with figures of pine trees, snowmen, deer and gift wrapping. Hotels are also being adapted to the New Year’s concept.
“WE ARE EXPECTING THE DENSITY FOR THE NEW YEAR”
Antalya Governor Ersin Yazici said that around 2,000 to 3,000 tourists come to the city daily.
Stating that they held meetings with tourism professionals to talk about both the New Year and the next year, Yazici noted that they evaluated the rules to be followed. Emphasizing that both the industry and the city are ready for the New Year, Yazici said, “We are expecting a crowd at New Year’s with our industry. We believe that we will have a good New Year’s Eve within the framework of the rules, by complying with the pandemic rules without disturbing anyone.”
Yazici stated that in addition to the New Year’s density, there is also workshop and congress tourism activity in the city.
Expressing that tourism professionals are more hopeful for 2022, Yazici said that they expect the season to start in April next year.
THE REQUEST FROM TOURISTS “THEY MUSIC BROADCAST BAN SHALL BE MOVED TO THE EARLIER HOURS”
Yazici stated that the necessary inspections will be carried out by the security and gendarmerie teams on New Year’s Eve, and the hotel inspections will be carried out by the civilian law enforcement officers without disturbing the guests.
“We will take very serious measures with the police, gendarmerie, coast guard, law enforcement and municipal units so that our citizens are not victims. Necessary measures have been reviewed, we will review them again next week. We evaluate that there will be no problems in both the tourism sector and city life, it is a subject we do every year, we are experienced. According to today’s rules, music broadcasts must be turned off at 24.00. Our tourism professionals had a request for the ban to be moved to earlier hours, we will convey it to Ankara. We will act on the next response.”
“THE HIGHEST DEMAND FROM THE DOMESTIC MARKET”
Ulkay Atmaca, President of the Professional Hotel Managers Association (POYD), said that tourists from Russia, Ukraine and European countries continue to come to Antalya.
Emphasizing that there was a high density for the New Year, Atmaca said, “There is a high demand from the domestic market, we can say that most of the facilities with artists are full. With the snowfall, there is a very serious demand for ski resorts.”
Atmaca noted that coinciding with the New Year’s Eve on a Friday will further increase the domestic tourist potential.
Source: Sabah / Translated by Irem Yildiz