The renowned Turkish resort of Bodrum, located on the Aegean coast of Mugla province, hopes to attract 1.5 million foreign tourists in 2022, exceeding pre-pandemic figures, the town's mayor said.
In 2019, the city hosted 1.3 million foreigners, while only 530,000 came in 2020 in the midst of the global coronavirus outbreak, Ahmet Aras told Anadolu Agency.
Noting the pandemic-induced losses in tourism over the past two years, he said Bodrum's population had almost tripled during this time, with summer cottagers spending the entire year there.
Bodrum, like the rest of the world, suffered from a severe loss of foreign tourists, Aras said, adding that life had started to return to normal in many places as restrictions continue to be lifted.
He said that all tourism destinations have started recovering and that Bodrum made a good start to 2022.
Cruise ships that have been absent from the town for two years, will reach 150 in 2022, he said, noting that these ships are expected to bring 206,000 foreign tourists to Bodrum.
Ferry services from the Greek islands have started and direct flights are in increasing demand, he said.
"In other words, the number of tourists coming by sea and air will exceed that of 2019. We're going to host more than 1.5 million foreign tourists this year."
While many tourism hotspots are working to reach their 2019 figures in 2023, Bodrum will exceed these figures this year, he underlined, becoming the leading tourist destination in the Mediterranean.
Half of the foreign tourists that the town received last year were from Russia and Ukraine, he said, though their numbers may drop this year due to the war.
"However, we see a remarkable increase in interest when we look at other countries and markets, especially from the UK, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, Poland, and the Gulf countries," he added.
Aras emphasized that Bodrum's airport gets direct flights from 86 points across 35 countries, with 49 different airlines bringing in passengers.
By the end of this summer, new direct flights from Albania, Kuwait, Qatar, Dubai, and Russia will start, he noted.
To diversify the town's tourism sector, work continues in different fields, including natural, gastronomy, winter, and sports tourism, added the mayor.
Image Credit: © AA
The most interesting news
WTTC publishes report on Digital Travel post COVID
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) today publishes a new report on best practices and support for governments for the introduction of a common ‘Digital Travel Portal’, to allow safe, stress-free travel, that would reduce delays at airports
Qatar Airways Group Releases 2021 Sustainability Report
Qatar Airways Group has today published its Sustainability Report for FY2019-21, a special 2-year edition themed “Response, Relief, Recovery, Resilience”.
Marriott Will Bring The First Ritz-Carlton Reserve To The Middle East
Part of Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea destination, this Private Sanctuary will Deliver Transformative and Immersive Guest Experiences.
Radisson Hotel Group debuts in South Sudan with the opening of Radisson Blu Hotel, Juba
Radisson Hotel Group is proud to announce its arrival in South Sudan with the opening of Radisson Blu Hotel, Juba, the country’s first internationally branded 5-star hotel.
Virgin Australia expands Sabre relationship to enable optimized pricing
Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR), a leading software and technology provider that powers the global travel industry, today announced an expanded and enhanced agreement with Virgin Australia.
Marriott International Announces Two New W Hotels Signings In Italy
Two of Italy’s Most Desirable Hotspots Join W Hotels Growing Italian Portfolio.
Hyatt Announces Plans for First Andaz Hotel in Mexico City
213-room Andaz Condesa Mexico City will mark the second luxury Andaz property in Mexico, representing Hyatt’s continued growth of its luxury lifestyle portfolio in Latin America.
Germany’s Tourism could surpass pre-pandemic levels next year
The World Travel & Tourism Council’s latest Economic Impact (EIR) reveals the Travel & Tourism sector in Germany will catapult the national economic recovery and could surpass pre-pandemic levels next year, nearly 2.5% above 2019 levels.
Six Senses Douro Valley, Where Friends and Family Take Center Stage
For many decades, when thinking about spending relaxed time with family or friends, the question was, “where do we find a resort that looks and feels like a home, and a home that has the looks and amenities of a resort?”
Emirates and Dilmah Tea celebrate 30 years of partnership
Emirates and Dilmah Tea have enjoyed a longstanding partnership of brewing the finest teas on board and in Emirates’ airport lounges around the world for the past 30 years. To mark the milestone on International Tea Day, all Emirates’ customers w
International Code Informs Efforts to Boost Tourist Confidence in Americas
Tourism leaders from the Americas have met to address the current challenges and opportunities around restoring confidence in travel across the region.
Condor inaugural flight to Boston took off
Off to Boston: Condor flight DE2038, operated with an A330-200 in a two-class configuration, took off at noon today from Frankfurt bound for the USA. This is the first time that Germany's most popular holiday airline has launched connections to the A
Marriott Hotels Will Open Qinhuangdao Marriott Resort in North China
Marriott Hotels, the flagship brand of Marriott Bonvoy's portfolio of 30 extraordinary brands, today announced the opening of Qinhuangdao Marriott Resort. The 283-room new hotel marks the debut of Marriott Hotels brand in Hebei province of North Chin
Event marking Turkish Cuisine Week attracts great attention in Austria
Turkish cuisine is unique opportunity for promoting culture, consolidating friendships, says Turkiye's envoy in Vienna.
UNWTO Enjoys High-Level Meetings with America Region Leaders
UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili has met with key figures from the Organization’s American Member States, to further strengthen international cooperation and advance a shared vision for the future.
First Radisson Collection hotel on the Adriatic coast opens in Pula, Croatia
Radisson Hotel Group is proud to announce the debut of its luxury lifestyle Radisson Collection brand in Croatia, with the opening of Grand Hotel Brioni Pula, A Radisson Collection Hotel.
UNWTO’s Members in the Americas Advance Common Goals
The American Members of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) have met to assess the current state of the sector and plan for its sustainable future.
Turkey sees 2,6M foreign tourists arrivals in April
Despite 225.6% rise year-on-year, April's figure does not overtake pre-pandemic level, official data shows.
Italy’s Tourism could reach pre-pandemic levels next year, reveals WTTC report
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has revealed Italy’s Travel & Tourism sector will provide a significant boost to the country’s economic recovery and could almost reach pre-pandemic levels next year, just 0.3% below 2019 levels.
Premiere on the route from Düsseldorf to Mallorca
First scheduled Eurowings flight with the new Airbus A320neo.
Israeli tourism minister says ties with Turkiye to bring 'great achievements'
Turkiye’s top diplomat visits Israel, marking 1st visit of Turkish foreign minister in 15 years.