The number of visitors to Ancient City of Ephesus in the Selçuk neighbourhood of Izmir began to climb again after the epidemic. The total number of visitors had reached 476,000 as of September 30th. By the end of the year, we anticipate this figure to reach around 600,000.
Before the epidemic, the Ancient City of Ephesus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site visited by an average of 1 million tourists per year, began to restore to its former glory. Tourists are returning to the region, according to Cengiz Topal, director of the Ephesus Archaeological Museum. By the end of the year, we expect this figure to reach around 600,000. Our overall number of visitors was roughly 380,000 last year. We estimate that we will end the year with a 50 percent rise.
According to Topal, the entrance of cruise ships has had an impact on the number of guests. Our visitor potential began to grow with the entrance of cruise ships. We’ve learnt that there will be a lot of ship traffic in the ports of Kusadasi and Izmir next year. As a result, we anticipate a significant increase. Due to the epidemic, a number of sites were prohibited, and people were unable to achieve their basic needs, such as socialisation and access to cultural areas. After that, we believe the number of visitors will continue to rise.
Rany Andrew, a cruise ship visitor who visited Ancient City of Ephesus, stated,
“This is my first time in Turkey. I absolutely love it. People are amazing. The culture is beautiful. The historical texture in the Ancient City of Ephesus is very beautiful. There is a lot to learn here.”
Tourist guide Tivana Blatmaz of Russia said,
“Today we have a group. We tell them about Ephesus. There’s a very big ship here. We’re very happy. There was a decrease in the crowd due to coronavirus. Now we’re all vaccinated. I hope we will be better off.”
Matrew Minaen, a Ukrainian who claims to have ridden his motorcycle across the world, stated,
“This is the third time I have come here. I like to travel. There are many tourists in Ephesus. There are very large historical buildings.”