Alanya has always been known for being one of the most beautiful and popular resorts on the Mediterranean coastline of Turkey and now its official as figures recently released shows that one in ten tourists visit Alanya.
Alanya is in the province of Antalya and has long been a favourite for millions of visitors who are keen to view its naturally scenic coastline and revel in its rich history. The area swells with over 200,000 tourists mainly from Russia and Europe during the summer months daily. Figures from 2017 show 3.5 million tourists visited Alanya showing a one in ten visitors compared to Antalya which showed an impressive one in three visiting. The Alanya Touristic Entrepreneurs Association (ALTİD) head Burhan Sili said “Alanya was the first place of tourism in the Mediterranean”
“Tourism began in the district in the 1950s-1960s. Today, hotel bed capacity is 125,000, which is 30% of Antalya’s capacity and 10% of Turkey’s capacity. We host 3.5 million tourists from 72 nations. It has reached 4 million with the domestic market. Our goal is to host 5-5.5 million tourists by 2023” he went on to say. He also commentated that they are promoting different levels of tourism to give visitors a variety of things to do, encouraging them to try something different apart from enjoying beach days – Alanya is home to many Blue Flag awarded beaches.
He also said “Alanya hosts more than 11-fold of its population. In terms of the number of tourists, we host more people than the number of many countries populations. We also need to increase revenue. Therefore, we need to increase the variety of alternatives,” Sili stated. It also provides a great boost to employment, adding that 100,000 people were employed during tourism season, he said. “There are lots of foreigners who prefer to live in Alanya. They buy houses and spend part of the year here. They make a great contribution to promoting Turkey,” he said, commenting about foreigners residing in Alanya.
The Turkish Travel Agencies (TÜRSAB) Alanya Regional Executive Board (PYD) President Suat Çavuşoğlu said Alanya had a great potential in tourism, which was shown by figures. “We host 3.5 million tourists a year. This number is more positive after the opening of the Gazipaşa Airport. Alanya’s share is nearly 80% in Turkish tourism,” said Cavuşoğlu. He further commented that Alanya is one of the biggest destinations in Turkey and they are trying to entice more visitors both domestic and foreign to the area.
Çavuşoğlu went on to say “The number of tourists increase after schools break up. From Okurcalar to Gazipaşa, our beaches are very beautiful. Bulgaria was cheaper than us but now, it is more expensive. We are more positive about competition with other countries. Tour operators prefer Turkey”
The Antalya Promotion Foundation (ATAV) Deputy President Mehmet Dahaoğlu said “Alanya is a well-known brand in tourism and Alanya is well known in Europe. People have been coming here for years. It has become a brand. Our goal is to exceed the current figures” he went on to add the following statement – that he will attend 33 fairs in 2018-2019 to promote Alanya tourism.
Alanya has much to offer tourists with it award winning beaches, it’s often referred to as the “Turkish Riviera” and the Egyptian Queen, Cleopatra is said to have swam there, hence Alanya’s most famous beach is called after the goddess. It’s the idyllic setting for those who want to relax and soak up the sun drenched beaches. However Alanya is more than just beautiful beaches, Alanya has its own castle which was built in 1229 and stands magnificently over the bay keeping Alanya safe. Its harbour area is adorned with expensive yachts and the rich and beautiful love to hang out there, it’s the hub for nightlife with upmarket eateries, trendy cocktail bars and an amazing array of nightclubs – some of them open air.
This truly cosmopolitan town is a magnet for visitors from across the globe that travels far and wide to spend their holidays there. Most who visit fall in love with Alanya and many invest in property there, with a wonderful selection of apartments, duplexes, penthouses and villas, who can resist? If you want the ultimate luxury property you can have it, stunning villas with panoramic, picturesque views of the Mediterranean are currently for sale but they are selling fast. If you want your own piece of Alanya heaven why not visit this summer? Fall in love with the sultry Mediterranean lifestyle!