News: Tourist boom for 'beautiful' Bodrum

Thu, 04 Oct 07

The latest published figures from the Turkish Statistics Institute (TUIK) show another bumper month for Turkish tourism. The number of tourists visiting Turkey reached 3.38 million in August with a year on year rise of 16.5%...

This brings the total number of tourists visiting Turkey for 2007 to 13.89 million, up 16.6% year on year.

Experts predict that a new record will be broken this year. An estimated 70% of these head down to Bodrum on Turkey’s turquoise Aegean coastline, and with a new luxury ferry service to Bodrum from Istanbul in operation, a two-centre holiday to Turkey is looking very appealing.

Shimmering coastline

Achingly trendy, aesthetically stunning, it’s little wonder that Bodrum is the resort of choice for the Istanbulese taking a breather from the big smoke. Nestled on Turkey’s shimmering Aegean coastline, Bodrum is a perennial favourite with celebrities and the wealthy.

Once an insignificant fishing village cowering in the shadow of an imposing Crusader Castle, Bodrum is now a proper millionaire’s playground with Nikki-style beach clubs, a stylish marina, the biggest open-air nightclub in Europe - Halikarnas disco - with capacity of 5,000 and the aforementioned castle now illuminated for open-air concerts.

Adam Godwin, Marketing Director for Dream Homes WorldWide comments, “The Istanbul-Bodrum ferry service operated by Deniz Cruise & Ferry Lines has been at occupancy since cruises began back on May 18 this year and the 800km 22-hour trip is a holiday itself, such is the luxury on-board.

The good ship Ankara has a swimming pool, fitness centre, sauna, massage room, nightclub, bar, kid’s club, hairdressers, shops, standard cabins, VIP suites and a of course bottom-deck parking so the car can come too. This service will encourage not only yet more Istanbulese to savour the delights of Bodrum but also make two-centre holidays in Turkey a real option for holidaymakers keen to try city and beach.”

Secluded beaches

Dressed up in swathes of bougainvillea, Bodrum’s coastline is punctuated with secluded sandy beaches, impressive rocky crags, olive orchards and citrus groves and relaxing marinas with waterfront restaurants.

Within the vicinity of Bodrum is a selection of smaller, distinctive resorts from the pretty bay of Gümüslük to new marina resort of Yalikavak, and in addition the biggest golf resort in Turkey, with two 18 hole and two 9 hole championship PGA golf courses, is set to open later this year just a few kilometres to the north of Bodrum.

Bodrum International Airport is to receive a second terminal to increase capacity to more than five million passengers annually and to cap it all property prices have already risen up to 25% in some resorts over the last year.

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