Tourists see Turkey as ideal holiday spot

According to Europe’s second largest travel operator, Thomas Cook, the hottest ticket this summer is a holiday in Turkey and it is no surprise why thousands of Britons are expected to visit in 2009.

Turkey is the ideal family holiday location. It offers a reliable climate, beach resorts, excellent quality Turkish property, water sports, land based activities and all at a lower cost compared to Western Europe.  Figures report a 12 percent rise in overseas visitors. A further 20 percent increase in the number of British tourists is anticipated in 2009, according to an undersecretary of the Tourism Ministry.

Recognizing the importance of tourism to the burgeoning Turkish economy, the Culture and Tourism Ministry has announced longer-term strategies and ambitious aims for 2023.

One of the key appeals of a holiday in Turkey is affordability. The country is not part of the eurozone and hence relatively unaffected by the pound’s poor performance against the euro. The Turkish Lira has reportedly fallen one-third against the dollar and one-fifth against the pound.

And access to tourism hot spots such as Antalya on the Mediterranean coast or the Bodrum Peninsula on the Aegean coast has never been easier with direct flights offered daily from the United Kingdom by both scheduled and charter services.

These positive tourism indicators for 2009 also spell good news for those with second properties in Turkey. Some 73,000 foreign nationals – mainly Britons, Germans and Greeks – own properties in the country, predominantly along the Mediterranean and Aegean coastlines, and interest in property purchases, be it for retirement, a holiday home or a buy-to-let investment, continues to be strong.

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