This week has seen me living in cloud cuckoo land however, I have been thinking extensively about the Turkish Travel industry. The Turkish government wants to become one of the top five most visited destinations in the world. Can they do it?
Turkeys most luxurious hotel Forgot to Pay Its 3 million dollars electric bill. Yes, the Marden palace in Antalya has a cool, outstanding electric bill of 3 million dollars. The hotel has actually received an award to say it is the world’s most luxurious hotel but somewhere in between receiving the award, someone forget to toddle on down to the electric company and pay their dues.
While this may seem like a funny scenario, it is actually the tip of the iceberg because hoteliers have suffered a lot in recent years. For hotels, that were relying on British travelers, the collapse of two major British travel companies left them out of pocket and without any customers for the second half of the summer season.
Certain travel companies are also favouring to hoard their customers into massive all inclusive hotels which are trading at prices last seen in the 1980’s.
Destinations in Turkey
Turkey has this unique quirk in that your chosen travel destination will normally depend on where you are from and how you like to travel. The Mediterranean coast is well known for Russian, Swedish and German holiday makers; while British holiday makers will flock to the Aegean coastal resorts of Bodrum, Kusadasi and Altinkum. Backpackers head to Istanbul and Cappadocia while the Turks holiday anywhere that has a beach.
I see this trend starting to change though. Travel companies are desperate to operate in all regions and bloggers on the World Wide Web are now promoting unique destinations such as the Black sea region and even the east of Turkey.
Regional Tourism associations are now starting to get their heads out of their arses and promote their destinations at tourism fairs all across the world. This could be the beginning of a major shift in choice of destination for many people.
Tourists And Their Experiences
Unfortunately Turkey has suffered a lot of bad press thanks to Turkish love rats and property deals that have gone seriously wrong.
Some tourists have bought holiday homes and not received the title deeds, therefore depriving them of their life savings and leaving them with a bitter taste of Turkey.
While some of this has been down to deliberate scams, a lot of it was down to builders going bankrupt when the economic crisis hit.
We also still continue to hear stories of Turkish love rats, jumping in and out of bed with tourists while giving them STD’s and stealing all their money.
Re property purchases, we are still going to see a lot of builders that have been struggling, finally go under. There are major loop holes in the property laws for foreigners so anybody considering buying a property in Turkey should be very careful indeed.
Re Turkish love rats. Turkish love rats will continue to rear their ugly heads until the day I die. I say to every woman, who gets starts a holiday romance with a Turkish man to use condoms and when the warning bells ring in your head pay attention to them.
If you are of pension age, wrinkly and your private bits are starting to head south, then a fit, 21 year old, Turkish man declaring undying love to you is something that only happens in your dreams.