Turkish ski resort attracts 200,000 visitors

Turkey’s Denizli Ski Resort has attracted 200,000 visitors in a 100-day period, said the state run Anadolu news agency.

“Denizli Skiing Resort hosted 200,000 visitors including local and international tourists in 100 days in Turkey's western Denizli province,” said one caption accompanying a photo showing a busy ski slope.

It is not clear what time period the article is referring to or when the photos were taken. 

A notice on the resort’s website said that its 2019/20 skiing season had been called off as of March 18.

On Friday Ankara announced the suspension of all international flights to and from Turkey as well as strict monitoring of domestic travel to contain the coronavirus outbreak. Intercity trips now require a permit from the local governorate. 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has urged people not to leave their homes unless absolutely necessary and to adhere to a “voluntary quarantine” if possible.

However, hotels rooms are still available to be booked at Denizli Ski Resort, as of Wednesday.

Denizli Ski Resort, which is run by Denizli Municipality, is the largest ski resort in the Aegean region, and has three ski slopes at professional, medium, and beginner levels. The municipality said they were expecting 100,000 visitors in the 2018/19 season.

The skiing season varies by resort and according to snowfall in Turkey, but generally runs from December until March or April.