Promising news came from Germany, the largest market of Turkish tourism in Europe. Experts say that the German market which suffered a setback in the last 2 years will catch a strong growth in the year 2018.

STRONG GROWTH AND A GOOD OUTLOOK

Dr. Michael Frenzel, President of the Federal Association of German Tourism Industry and Ambassador of World Tourism Organization, said: “Reservations for the summer season of 2018 indicate a good outlook. Turkish tourism sector will catch a strong growth in the German market in 2018. We foresee a growth of 15-20%”.

‘EUROPEAN MARKET WILL PICK ITSELF UP IN 3 YEARS’

Ayhan Bektas, Chairman of the Board of Directors of OTI Holding, stated that after two unfavourable years in tourism, they are enjoying an activation this year, and added that he anticipates that the European market will be better next year and this market will pick itself up within 2-3 years.

GREEN LIGHT FROM GERMANY

Michael Frenzel, President of the Federal Association of German Tourism Industry, gave hope to the tourism sector by saying that they anticipate a growth of 20% in the German tourism market in 2018.

Promising news for the tourism sector which is still worried about the decline in the European market came from Dr. Michael Frenzel, President of the Federal Association of German Tourism Industry and Ambassador of World Tourism Organization. Frenzel stated that they foresee a growth of 20% in the German market in the year 2018.

GIANTS OF TOURISM IN ANTALYA

OTI Holding, operating in a wide range of fields including tour operator, hotel investments, security, consultancy and ground services, has celebrated its 25th foundation anniversary. Dr. Michael Frenzel, President of the Federal Association of German Tourism Industry and Ambassador of World Tourism Organization, and Gerald Lawless, President of World Travel and Tourism Council, came to Antalya under the scope of the foundation anniversary of the Holding that provides service to 5 continents with its companies in 18 countries.

FRENZEL BRINGS GOOD NEWS

Frenzel, who made promising statements about the German market suffering a severe setback, said: “Reservations for the summer season of 2018 are going well. We will achieve a strong growth in 2018”. Frenzel stated that he foresees a growth of 15-20% in 2018 based on the reservations, and added that early and last minute reservations play an important role at this point.

TURKEY IS AT A FAIR POINT

Frenzel, who stated that Turkey is a good alternative for vacation, said: “Turkey is at a fair point in terms of the balance of price - service quality compared to other countries. Germans who preferred Spain and Italy for vacation last year say that they found those countries very crowded and had difficulties regarding the quality of service offered. Management of this crowd became an important problem for us. People want to get their money’s worth. Turkey is very good at this point. I may say that Turkey will make a good return to the German market and the figures will show a positive trend.”

“WE ARE HOPEFUL”

Ayhan Bektas, Chairman of the Board of Directors of OTI Holding which acquired the German Tour Operator Ferien Touristik that reached a turnover of 65 million Euro in June, stated that they expect an improvement in the European market in the coming year and that the market will pick itself up within 2-3 years. Bektas, who stated that they target 250 thousand tourists with Dusseldorf-based Ferien Touristik next year, said: “Turkey’s share was at the level of 20%. We aim at raising that share to 40% with this target. Our target is to bring 100 thousand of the above mentioned tourists to Turkey”.

OTI HAS BECOME THE LEADER

Coskun Yurt, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of OTI Holding, stated that they will bring approximately 1.2 million tourists to Turkey by the end of 2017. Yurt said: “We are the company that brings the highest number of tourists to Turkey from abroad. This is happening for the first time. Generally, Europe-based tour operators used to bring those tourists to our country. The first three tour operators bringing the highest number of tourists to Turkey for Antalya destination are all Turkish companies”. Pegas and Anex rank the second and third respectively in terms of the companies bringing the highest number of tourists from abroad to Turkey.

PERSONAL VISA

Gerald Lawless, President of the World Travel and Tourism Council, stated that visa is as important as safety for travel and added that visas must be issued not on a country basis, but as specific to the person. Lawless, who stated that the number of people traveling around the world has reached 1.2 billion, added that as the Council they believe that the visa regime must be changed in order to offer an easier travel for tourists. He said: “The revenues obtained from tourism will significantly increase if visas are issued based on an evaluation of the background of the applicants.”