Hotel room prices in Turkey's popular tourist destinations have increased by at least 15 to 20 percent as this year's Ramadan Holiday, the holiday also known as Eid al-Fitr, between June 24 and June 27, are set to coincide with the peak of the summer travel season for foreign tourists.
With serious demands for hotel rooms already present in the countries coastal cities, especially in Antalya, Erkan Yağcı, president of the Mediterranean Touristic Hoteliers Association (AKTOB), said, they are expecting even more demand in the holiday period.
"We can already say we will have a high occupancy rate. The holiday period in the end of June coincides with summer break. This creates an opportunity for our local tourists," Yağcı said.
He added that they expected up to 100 percent occupancy rate in Turkey's tourist regions during the period.
"Considering the prices in general, Turkey's tourism income still maintains a negative course compared to the previous year," Yağcı said. But, he pointed out that in coastal areas from the Aegean to the Mediterranean there are facilities that can appeal to every segment. The prices vary depending on the product, destination and hotel.
Turkish tourism experienced an 18.1 percent increase in the number of tourists, compared to the same period last year, when some 1.75 million people had visited the country. Likewise, April saw the first increase after declines for 20 consecutive months.
Hakan Duran, the head of the Professional Hoteliers Association (POYD), noted that in terms of the domestic market a fairly active period was ahead with the upcoming Ramadan Holiday.
Adding that since the schools will already be out in other markets as well, there will be serious mobility, especially from central Asian countries as well as Russia and Ukraine.
Duran said that all hotels may be booked up to 90 percent or over during the holiday, with a serious share from the domestic market mostly due to the school summer break.
"Nobody can go on holiday during Ramadan, but holiday the corresponds nicely with a period in the beginning of the summer break. There will be a serious mobility with the possibility of taking a few days' leave and making it a longer vacation," he said.
Duran noted that as of the last week of June, the prices may increase and continue to rise through July, between 15 and 20 percent.