Dalaman Weekend Project Saves Domestic Tourism
“Dalaman Weekend Project”, which is a weekend holiday project started by Muğla Governorship for flights, accommodations and airport transfers from Istanbul and Ankara to Dalaman, has livened up tourism.
“Dalaman Weekend Project”, weekend holiday program including reasonable offers for flights, hotels and airport transfers from Istanbul and Ankara to Dalaman, has been started in cooperation with Anadolu Jet, Pegasus Airlines and Muğla Governorship under the leadership of YDA Dalaman Airport in order to revive domestic tourism in other times apart from summer months. A meeting was held to introduce “Dalaman Weekend Project”. Prominent representatives of tourism sector, civil society organizations, and local managements as well as YDA Dalaman Airport General Manager Hamdi Güvenç, Anadolu Jet President İbrahim Doğan, Pegasus Airlines Sales Manager Burcu Alın, TURSAB President Başaran Ulusoy and Muğla Governor Amir Çiçek attended the meeting. The project features holiday packages in Dalyan, Marmaris, Fethiye and Akyaka Resorts for 3 days and 2 nights and offers alternatives including flight, airport transfer and accommodation options for those who would like to go on holiday at weekends.
YDA Dalaman Airport General Manager Hamdi Güvenç stated that weekend activities without using annual leave have been increasing in Turkey and in the world; these developments have made weekend excursions more popular. Since Dalaman Airport started being operated as a private management in 2006, the number of passengers has increased 29%. Almost 1 million British tourists come here every year, Güvenç said.
GOAL IS TO INVIGORATE DOMESTIC TOURISM
Hamdi Güvenç, YDA Dalaman Airport General Manager, said, “We are featuring all accommodation, flight and airport transfer options with one package. You may choose and buy whichever holiday package you want on www.dalamanweekend.com. We have created a package for 3 days and 2 nights with hotel accommodation, airport transfer and flight options altogether. This package also covers plane ticket prices. We have price options of 299 TL, 399 TL and 499 TL for accommodations based on the number of hotel stars. Breakfast is also included. We have not added dinner and lunch packages for now so that local food culture and restaurants could be promoted near Dalaman, but in the future, we plan to add dinner packages as well. Our target group is basically everyone who would like to escape from the stressful life of metropolitan cities; on the other hand, especially people over 35 prefer daily trips and do not usually carry big baggage. Our purposes with Dalaman Weekend Project are to increase the share of Dalaman Region in domestic market and introduce natural and cultural beauties and cuisine.”
Güvenç explained that more activities for nature lovers could be added such as hikes to Lycian and Carian Ways, cycling, paragliding, canoeing, horse-riding, fishing, etc. as well as excursions to historical sites.
Demand from Abroad
Güvenç points out that Dalaman Weekend Project had been planned for domestic tourism in the beginning, but it also attracted attention abroad: “We also plan to organize tours with travel agencies in Europe. A tourist will be able to arrive in Istanbul in 2-3 hours and fly to Dalaman in an hour on Friday nights. On return, they will be at work on Monday morning. We have received collaboration offers from several countries.”
General Manager Güvenç said the first flights would be organized from Sabiha Gökçen and Esenboğa Airports to Dalaman and flight options would be added from Adana, Trabzon, Gaziantep and other cities based on the demands in the future.