Çeşme Mayor Faik Tütüncüoğlu shared that despite the unfortunate recent developments in Turkey, they remain hopeful for this summer's tourism season and said, "Our main goal is surpass the threshold of having over two million overnight stays daily.
Mayor Tütüncüoğlu explained that the number of tourists that visited Turkey in the first quarter increased by over 13 percent compared to the year prior. Locals, including hotel operators and retailers have long been awaiting the arrival of the summer season said Tütüncüoğlu adding, "The month our retailers have been long awaiting has arrived. Our expectations for this year are higher than last year, because the 'Çeşme' brand is increasing in value daily. The truth in this is proven by the number of tourists that visit our district and the overnight stay figures as well as the valuation of real estate in our district which is now reaching record proportions.
WE ARE EXPECTING A 30 PERCENT INCREASE
Explaining that despite the unfortunate incidents that have taken place in our country as well as in the world, certain operations in the district began filling up in the spring months, reaching an 80 percent full capacity in May, Tütüncüoğlu says that the district's main goal is to increase the number of overnight stays from the 1.9 million figure reached in 2012 to beyond the two million barrage. "We are trying to bring up the number of overnight stays in our district for 2013 to 2.5 million. If we are able to meet this expectation this year, despite the developments in the nation, then we will easily reach our five million overnight stay goal for 2005," said Tütüncüoğlu.
THE NORTH EUROPEAN AND MIDDLE EAST MARKETS
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