Dear Member,

The discovery and rapid global application of the vaccine necessary to end the Coronavirus pandemic which held the world under its effect for almost 11 months have led to expectations among our members for a better season in the upcoming tourism season in comparison to year 2020. The inquiries we made with tour operators and airlines before the Summer 2021 season indicate our county will experience intensive demand in the upcoming tourism season. The rapid progress of vaccination in all European countries leads to early holiday reservations by potential tourists.

Despite having closed the last tourism season by 70% under the rates of previous years in terms of both time and number of tourists, our county has nevertheless manages to distinguish itself among competing destinations with its undiscovered villages and marine tourism. The current status of holiday reservations indicate that the "Pearl of the World" Marmaris will again be one of the most popular holiday centres along with the effect of the increasing foreign exchange rate. In recent demands from our members operating in both hospitality and yachting sectors we have learned tourists making holiday plans are stating that they have been vaccinated in their own countries, asking about vaccination efforts in our country and whether the personnel working at the facilities or yachts they will visit are vaccinated.

Defined as the most important sector which leaves almost its entire revenue in our country, the tourism sector is the driving force of the economy of our county. We have made necessary contacts and conveyed our request to have tourism personnel afforded priority in vaccination in face of intensive requests we received from our members, in order to rapidly eliminate the negative effects of repeated crises we have experienced in recent years and getting ahead of competing countries to further progress our tourism sector. We expect this request to reach a positive conclusion as we progress towards the summer season. As MTO we will continue to work with all our efforts in order not lose 2021 and to catch the opportunity to compensate for the last year.

 Yours Respectfully, 

 

S. Mutlu AYHAN

Chairman of the Board of Directors

 

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