In the remaining nine months of the year, Pamukkale, known for its travertines that are on the UNESCO World Heritage List, welcomed 1 million 557 thousand visitors. The white paradise has already reached 100 percent occupancy for reservations for October, with a target of 2 million visitors in 2022.
While air temperatures continue to drop across Turkey, the intensity is still there in Pamukkale, where the water is 36 degrees in both the summer and the winter. This number grew to 271 thousand 861 last September in the white paradise, which had 186 thousand 341 domestic and foreign visitors in September 2021.
The goal of 2 million tourists will likely be attained by the end of the year in Pamukkale, which saw 1 million 557 thousand 857 visitors in the first nine months of the year. Due to the epidemic, Pamukkale, which has previously welcomed many tourists from Far Eastern nations, now has a high concentration of visitors from Italy, Spain, Central Europe, and Russia. The ancient city of Hierapolis on white travertines was admired by tourists who travelled great distances to visit Pamukkale.
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.”