According to the statement made by the Ministry of Tourism and Environment, it is reported that there has been a great development in the tourism of the country during the January-May 2017 period.

Minister Fikri Ataoglu stated that a positive momentum in tourism has been achieved as of January 2017 and that 41 participants from the country’s trade and tourism sector have been very productive in the January-May period.

Ataoglu said that “Security, geographical position, hotel standards, quality of service and real estate prices are particularly important in Turkey, Britain, Israel, Germany, as well as the rest of the world. These are the signs that show what our country has done in the tourism sector and the output it shows is a concrete indication of what we can achieve by working together. When compared to other countries, it created a different attraction”.

Underlining that tourism statistics show that the best results for 42 years have been achieved, Ataoğlu stated that this achievement is the result of increasing the promotion and marketing activities as well as the collective efforts of stakeholders and all employees.

Ataoğlu stated that they have made great efforts to develop Alternative Tourism Models such as Health, Culture and Sports, and stated that they continue to work for the development of village accommodation, eco-tourism, walking paths and also to increase intra-country co-benefits.

Undersecretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Environment, Assoc. Dr. İsmet Esenyel,  referred  to the statistics and stated that the number of residents from the Republic of Turkey in the January-May period of 2017 increased by 23% from 238,000 to 293,000, while the number of foreign tourists increased by 56% from 76,000 to 119,000.

Esenyel explained that hotel nights increased from 653,000 to 783,000 with an increase of 20% from the Republic of Turkey and from 346,000 to 683,000 with an increase of 98% in foreign hotel nights. Esenyel said that when the occupancy rates in May were compared according to the regions, they were Girne 61%, Famagusta 80% and 58% in the Iskele area.

Esenyel underlined that hotel occupancy rates were up by 21% compared to the previous year.  As a result of the research conducted, it was found that more tourists were interested in the TRNC and that they wanted to come and stay in the country.  When the tourist profile was examined, it showed they spent more time outside the hotel and at places such as the bazaars and historical landmarks.