RELIGIOUS TOURISM BROUGHT TO THE AGENDA
Chairman of Turkey's Hoteliers Federation (TÜROFED) Osman Ayık explains that the tourism industry, which is the most important sector for closing the current deficit gap, up until now focused on Antalya, and states, "All investments were made on coastal tourism. Investors would come from Erzurum and Konya to Antalya. Now, due to the incentives offered, they will be able to make tourism investments in their own provinces. These incentives will also redirect those who are involved in coastal tourism to other provinces in order to diversify tourism opportunities." Ayık says, "This decision will result in developing the tableau we have been longing for. Turkey's tourism will no longer solely consist of coastal tourism."
According to Ahmet Akbalık, owner of Antalya's Ela Quality Hotel, this decision was long coming. "The incentives offered before were not in line with the objective, however now there are comprehensive efforts being made. Incentive regions have been established as a result of regional studies and now we will be able to direct our investments where they are most needed." Akbalık also noted that there is currently work being done directed towards religious tourism and states that with the inclusion of transportation and infrastructure investments in the incentive system, it won't take long for these regions to develop.
INTEREST TO INCREASE IN CULTURAL TOURISM
Kappa Tur owner Kaan İşçil says that over the past four years there has been a significant increase in demand for cultural tours, which will only benefit the hotel investments in regions where cultural tourism is prevalent and included in the incentive package. İşçil says, "Hotel investments were what was lacking most in these regions. Due to the lack of facilities we were unable to respond as much as we would have liked to the demand in a number of locations where cultural tours are held. In addition, it wasn't just domestic tourists; foreign tourists were also showing significant interest. There is serious demand from the Far East and Italy markets. International companies also prefer more authentic regions to coastal hotels. "I think investments will be extremely successful," states İşçil.
RİXOS SUNGATE SELECTED 'BEST FAMILY HOTEL
In surveys conducted by both HolidayCheck and Hotel Consulting Service members, the Rixos Sungate Hotel located in Antalya's Beldibi district was selected as 2012's 'Best Family Hotel'. According to tourist reviews on HolidayCheck, Europe's most well-known holiday review website, the Rixos Sungate Hotel received the award with recommendations from 90 percent of those surveyed. The award will be presented to Rixos Sungate in an awards ceremony to be held on April 9th. Rixos Sungate General Manager Cem Uzan states, "We aim to be at the top level when it comes to customer service. We start off every season with this in mind and our customers' satisfaction becomes our source of motivation."
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