Bankruptcy of German tour operator FTI may hit Antalya’s tourism sector

The tourism industry in Türkiye's popular holiday destination Antalya is facing risks from the bankruptcy of the German tour operator FTI.

Earlier this week, FTI, Europe's third-largest tour operator, filed for insolvency in a court in Germany.

It said on June 3 trips that haven't yet started will be canceled or scaled back.

Rize’s former storage containers transformed into cozy retreats

In the northern province of Rize, the  traditional Turkish "serender," once used primarily for food storage, is being repurposed into hotel rooms by a local family.

The wooden structures, elevated on four poles and featuring a round base to deter rodents, were symbols of wealth in the past.

German tourists lead Antalya’s tourism surge

Antalya, a popular tourist hub, has witnessed a remarkable 20 percent surge in the influx of German visitors, surpassing the previously dominant Russian tourists in overall arrivals.

The upcoming German holiday of Pfingsten has added vibrancy to the city's tourism market, which had already begun with a boost from the consecutive holidays of Nowruz, Easter and Eid al-Fitr this year.

Hotel prices rise most in Antalya last year

Antalya, Türkiye's famous holiday destination, led the increase in hotel prices last year, according to the data from the Hotel Association of Türkiye (TÜROB).

The average daily rate (ADR) was 172.1 euros in 2023 at Antalya's hotels, up 19.35 percent from the previous year. Revenue per available room (RevPAR) rose 8 percent to 96.8 euros.

Hoteliers expect New Year’s holiday to give boost to tourism

Representatives of the tourism industry are hopeful that domestic and international tourism activity will gather momentum around New Year's Eve.

Hotels are preparing to welcome Turkish holidaymakers as well as Europeans starting Dec. 24, while Russian tourists are expected to start to arrive in the county from Jan. 6.