Around 70% of tourist facilities will be closed in the Mediterranean province of Antalya as the happening tourism season ends, resulting in the loss of around 200,000 jobs, said the head of Turkey’s Hoteliers Federation (TÜROFED), Osman Ayık.
.. tourists increased by 8% this year compared to 2012 figures.
Turkey’s tourism income increased to $11.5 billion in the 3rd quarter of this year => rise of 4.7%, which was phenomenal against the same period of the previous year, the Turkish Statistics Agency (TÜİK) revealed on Nov. 1.
According to the World Tourism Organization (WTO) 2013 report on global tourism, Turkey ranked 3rd in increasing tourism revenues for the first 8 months of 2013 with an increase of 22%, compared to the same period of the previous year.
Meanwhile, Turkey’s banking watchdog (BDDK) plans to limit domestic tourism expenditures on hire-purchase with credit cards to encourage more controlled use of credit cards. “As tourism representatives, we’ve been doing our best to revive domestic tourism for years. The planned moves of BDDK will, however, make some adverse affect on the sector,” Ayık said.