Deniz Aydın posted 12 months ago

Record Tourism in Antalya: An Influx of 2.1 Million Visitors Setting the Pace for 2023

Tourists arriving in Antalya

Antalya, the gleaming jewel of Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, has started 2023 with a bang, welcoming a record 2.1 million foreign tourists in the first quarter. These numbers, a testament to Antalya’s enduring charm, are indicative of an incredibly promising year for Turkish tourism.

The provincial directorate of culture and tourism reports that between January 1 and May 7, Antalya saw an influx of 2.11 million foreign tourists arriving by air. This significant number sets a new precedent, reaching an all-time high for foreign tourist arrivals during this period. Furthermore, this reflects a strong 45% increase from the same period in 2022 and surpasses the figures from 2019, a pre-pandemic year, by 10%.

Looking back at 2019, Antalya hosted a record-breaking 15 million foreign tourists, contributing substantially to Turkey’s overall record of over 45 million foreign holidaymakers. When accounting for Turks residing abroad, the total visitor number reached an impressive 52 million. However, the momentum in 2023 suggests that this year might not only reach these numbers but exceed them.

In the corresponding period of 2019, 1.91 million foreign tourists arrived in Antalya by air. This figure was somewhat lower at 1.46 million in 2022. However, the significant leap to 2.11 million tourists in 2023 has kindled optimism among Turkish hoteliers and industry stakeholders. With the upward trend in tourism numbers, the consensus is that the 2023 tourism season will surpass the achievements of the record-breaking 2019 season.

Turkey’s tourism industry started strong in 2023. The first quarter saw a 27% year-on-year increase in foreign tourists, with numbers reaching 6.2 million. Furthermore, foreign tourist arrivals in April alone grew by 12%, amounting to 2.34 million. These encouraging statistics reinforce the optimism for the remainder of the year.

Looking at the broader picture, these buoyant tourism numbers resonate well beyond Antalya. Turkey, with its rich history, cultural heritage, beautiful landscapes, and hospitable people, continues to draw international tourists in droves. This surge in tourism aligns with the ambitious goals set by the country for the year 2023.

As per its strategic tourism plan, Turkey aims to attract 60 million foreign tourists and generate an impressive $56 billion in tourism revenues in 2023. Based on the current trends and the exceptional performance of tourist hotspots like Antalya, these targets seem well within reach.

The resurgence of tourism in Antalya and throughout Turkey is a testament to the resilience and adaptability of the industry, which has successfully navigated the challenges posed by the global pandemic. Despite the turbulence of recent years, tourists worldwide are demonstrating their enduring fondness for Turkey’s sunny beaches, archaeological treasures, and vibrant cities.

Antalya, with its combination of sun-soaked beaches, ancient ruins, and vibrant nightlife, is at the forefront of this resurgence. The city offers an enticing blend of relaxation and adventure, making it an ideal destination for a diverse range of tourists.

From wandering through the picturesque streets of Kaleiçi, Antalya’s old town, to sunbathing on Konyaaltı Beach, or exploring the ancient ruins of Perge and Aspendos, Antalya offers experiences that cater to different tastes and interests.

The promising start to 2023 indicates that Antalya, and Turkey at large, is set to reaffirm its position as a preferred global tourism destination. The rising tourism numbers are not just a positive sign for the industry but also an affirmation of Turkey’s rich cultural and historical allure that continues to captivate visitors from around the world.



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