Pamukkale, famous for its travertines that are on the UNESCO World Heritage List, had 1 million 557 thousand tourists throughout the remaining nine months of the year. With a target of 2 million tourists in 2022, the white paradise has already reached 100% occupancy for reservations for October.
The intensity is still present in Pamukkale, where the water is 36 degrees in both the summer and the winter, despite the fact that air temperatures are continuing to plummet across Turkey. In the white paradise, where there were 186 thousand 341 domestic and foreign visitors in September 2021, this number increased to 271 thousand 861 last September.
Pamukkale, which saw 1 million 557 thousand 857 visitors in the first nine months of the year, would probably reach its target of 2 million tourists by the end of the year. The disease has caused a significant increase in the number of visitors from Italy, Spain, Central Europe, and Russia to Pamukkale, which had previously attracted lots of tourists from Far Eastern countries. Tourists who travelled considerable distances to visit Pamukkale adored the ancient city of Hierapolis on white travertines.
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Gazi Murat Sen, president of the Denizli Touristic Hoteliers and Operators Association (DENTUROD), said:
“We are currently experiencing the busiest season. In August and September, hotels were one hundred percent full. In October, the hotels are also full of foreign guests. This year we saw very intensely Italian guests visiting Pamukkale. At the beginning of the season, we were very nervous, especially like most of our tourism friends. We were saying that we could be very hurt by the war between Ukraine and Russia. But thanks to the joint work done by the ministries, we see that the planes landing in Russia come from Russia intensively. Guests who land in the Antalya region also come to Pamukkale.”
President Sen explained that the season had been fruitful and that 2023 will be a year of record-breaking accomplishments:
“Apart from this, we see that there are many guests from the Italian, Spanish and Central European regions that we have not seen in the past years. Again, our guests come from the Far East and South America, which is one of our main markets. The only market that is currently closed is the Chinese market, and if it does, it will be almost impossible to find a place in the white paradise in 2023.”