Arıcan, “Our Goal is 12 Month Tourism in Fethiye”

26th, 2013
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Fethiye Chamber of Commerce and Industry Administrative Board President Akif Arıcan gave information on the arrangements to extend tourism to 12 months in Fethiye: “Our goal is to extend tourism season to 12 months in Fethiye. The projects of our Chamber was shown on the March 2013 issue of ATLAS magazine, which is one of the best seller magazines in Turkey, with the article named “Fethiye Alternative Trekking Roads” and this trekking road suggested on the magazine to nature lovers has been opened with the sponsorship of Fethiye Chamber of Commerce and Industry and it indicates that we are on the right direction. As the Chamber, our projects and researches on several subjects continue. We have published our report on cruise tourism based on our researches on this matter on the latest issue of Makri Magazine. Cruise tourism is a type of tourism that appeals to tourists with high income group. It is usually common at Caribbean seas (46 % of the world cruise tourism), however, the share of Mediterranean in the world market has been increasing in recent years with 11 %. We believe Fethiye should take a share from Europe Cruise tourism as a Mediterranean town. Cruise tourism appeals to tourists with high income group. According to the statistics in 2011, each person from cruises spends approximately 61 euro at a port of call. It is estimated that in case 100.000 cruise tourists are welcomed in Fethiye, 100 thousand Euro, 14 million 270 thousand TL, will be gained as contribution to the trade in Fethiye. Apart from these, our region may increase its income undertaking and providing extra functions such as a supply point and maintenance facility. In addition, a possibility to extend tourism to the rest of the year except summer months may be born and increase trade incomes. Fethiye is represented by our Chamber at Turkey Cruise Platform which was founded with the initiatives of İzmir Chamber of Commerce in order to find common strategies to develop cruise tourism. Fethiye port is listed in the inventories of Turkey cruise ports and harbours made by this platform as well. Surely, these initiatives require long term efforts. First of all, a big port should be made so that liners could land easily, however several associations and establishments should make cooperation to make it possible. We have been dealing with this issue as the Chamber and express our opinions in several platforms.”

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