The head of the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TURSAB) Basaran Ulusoy stated over the weekend that the number of people who will go abroad is estimated to be around 20 thousand in the Eid al-Fitr holiday
Muslims are preparing for Eid al-Fitr which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. This year the holiday falls on between July 17 and July 19.
“The number of Turkish people going away for holiday during Eid break has decreased as the dates fall on a weekend” Basaran stated. In previous years when Eid was during the week, more people would go abroad for holiday since the break would be longer when combined with the weekend.
“In spite of this concurrence, people still try to get extra vacation days off to take a longer holiday” he added.
It is estimated that people going to abroad would spend approximately $75 to $95 during the Eid holiday.
Ulusoy stated that there are different tour opportunities abroad starting at $290 and going up to $5,400 for per person, but domestic tourists would approximately spend $350 dollars.
Sarp Ozkar, a marketing manager from Prontotour, a tour organisation company, declared that people tend to go Italy as a first choice but the number of people participating Central Asian tours have increased.
Ozkar listed Italy, Central Europe and finally Spain as a third favourite of Turkish tourists.