Turkish hotels full for Eid al-Adha holiday

Turkey’s tourism sector is booming during Eid al-Adha, with hotels on the western Aegean and southern Mediterranean coasts full up as local tourists flock there for this week’s break, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

The holiday, known as the Festival of the Sacrifice in Turkey, ends on Wednesday, though with schoolchildren still on their summer holidays, many families are sure to have extended the break.

The tourism sector has already had a booming year, with the number of hotel bookings foreign tourists leaping by 17 percent compared to last year, said Ülkay Atmaca, the head of a hotel managers’ association.

“Almost all facilities are completely full, especially in the Aegean and Mediterranean regions. We can’t even respond to enquiries, we’re just saying ‘no vacancies’. There’s been a large increase in the domestic market compared to last year, too,” Atmaca told Anadolu.

Burhan Sili, an industry association head from the Mediterranean resort of Alanya, said hotels in the area, with a capacity of nearly 200,000 beds, had filled up before the beginning of the holiday.

Reservations for September and October have also been high, with large numbers of tourists from Russia and Europe coming to the resort during those months, said Sili.


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