Mon, 19 Nov 07
As the leading tourist destination in
In a recent interview with Travel Daily News, KPMG spokesperson, Andrea Sartori, said that airlines offering more frequent and affordable travel to a wider range of destinations, naturally impact on the popularity of certain countries.
Tourism on the rise
Tourist figures are on the rise with the resultant increase in tourist spend up 8.6% in the third quarter of 2007 compared with the same period in 2006 (Source: Turkish Statistics Institute). But with the country’s exquisite landscape, high quality hotels & recreational facilities as well as ‘high standard, low cost’ medical amenities, the surface of the tourism industry hasn’t even been scratched.
Local official, Volkan Simsek, chairman of the Professional Hotel Managers Association, stated that
This prediction is far from ‘pie in the sky’. The WTO already ranked
As more airlines follow the route of BA and bmi, introducing flights from Gatwick as well as regional airports, Turkey will not only realise its tourism potential, but its property industry will continue on its already buoyant journey, attracting both second home buyers and investors.
Beautiful, historic city
Alanya, a beautiful, historic, yet cosmopolitan city 130km from
Almost as soon as this news broke, local property developers reported a marked increase in the number of enquiries for both holiday homes and investment properties, a positive message to
Sean Gillic, Managing Director of TPI Turkish Property Invest, arguably the most established development operation in the area is adamant that the true impact of the news hasn’t even started to be felt. ‘While certain canny investors are already buying up property, we anticipate a heightened surge of activity once the airport opens.
Compared to many other popular holiday destinations, property in Alanya is inexpensive, with prices for a two bed apartment averaging at €80,000. Once people are here, holidaying in a safe, beautiful environment with a vast array of facilities, more often than not, thoughts tend to the possibility of buying. These prices make those thoughts a reality.’
Gillic, who develops and markets a range of residential and commercial properties along the
The area is already popular with the international golfing fraternity, scuba divers, skiers and those with a passion for outdoor pursuits. Whilst Belek, a 20-minute car ride from the airport, already offers 11 championship golf courses, playable year-round, with an additional two due for completion next year, it is possible in March and April to spend the mornings skiing in the Toros Mountains and the afternoons swimming in the warm, crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean.
Such variety has already attracted a fair share of foreign investment with 23% of
All year round flights to
BA will fly to
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