Thomas Cook (Global Travel Company) published a report which lists the most top 5 destinations booked by UK citizens in 2019.
Follow this link to see the entire report: Getting away from it all, Holiday Report 2019
Let’s discuss another topic related to the tourism of Turkey and the Pound
Brexit, the weakness of the Pound against the Euro, the rise of political unrests in the Europen Union or the movements like the Yellow Vests in France, all of these can count as a factor for Brits to choose travel destinations outside of the EU. From an “economic point of view” surely jumping up to the second spot is excellent, since the previous year Turkey ranked number three on the “top 5” list. However, those aspects do not include the position of Turkey which also has to deal with the weakness of its currency, the Turkish Lira. The current status of the Pound to the Turkish Lira is 1 to 8, which is incredibly convenient for UK travellers yet no so suitable for domestic tourists (Turkish citizen).
The main reason is very simple: during the summer season (the main holiday period for almost every country), businesses in Turkey depending on tourists, adjusting their prices accordingly. Which means a one week stay at a decent Villa in Fethiye between July till September costs around 750 pounds. Well, a group of travellers or even a couple out of the UK can afford this easily and even make the best out of it by renting a boat in Ölüdeniz or Butterly Valley, renting a car to enjoy the most of Turkey and dine at the best restaurants for incredibly affordable prices.
Quick comparison: A one week fancy vacation for Brits in Turkey
- UK – Turkey flight ticket price 375 – 500 GBP, (roundtrip, two pax-eco)
- 750-1000 GBP rent for a Villa (with a pool, 2-3 bedrooms, kitchen utilities)
- 200 GBP for restaurants
- 125 GBP Rental Car
- 200 GBP gasoline, entrance fees, other expenses
- 200 GBP shopping *optional
This type of holiday (arranged by yourself) would cost you around 1.600 to 2.000 GBP. If a couple from Istanbul arranges the same holiday with the only difference to fly from Istanbul to Fethiye, their expense would be around 11.000 TL at best.
So yeah, sure! It is nice to welcome foreign tourists to boost the economy a little bit. We hope though, one-day domestic travellers will also get the chance to enjoy the same “level of tourism”. But rest assured, despite a few bad apples and issues in Turkey, the hospitality of our country remains the same towards every individual as it always did.
What can I say; just come over and #DiscoverTurkey folks.