Despite recent coolings in relationships between Holland and Turkey, Dutch and Belgian tourist bookings to Turkey are up 30% on last year, with many citing Turkey as their ”preferred holiday destination” .
In a recent survey by Corendon Touristic (responsible for 60% of the Turkish holiday market in Belgium and Holland), Turkey was placed 1st amongst its customers, with Spain and Greece in 2nd and 3rd places.
Currently, holiday packages to Turkey (from Belgium and Holland) are around the same price – however, Atılay Uslu, partner at Corendon, said that capacities to Turkey were almost at their limit, leading to a shortage of flight availabilty.
Uslu stated that this shortage was a direct result of the rift between Turkey and the Netherlands (during the April 16 referendum campaign) – expecting a significant shortfall in bookings, a number of operators (including Corendon) leased their aircraft to other companies, meaning that there are now not enough aircraft to carry tourists to Turkey.
Chairman of Corendon, Yıldıray Karaer said that they ”still needed a minimum of 3 aircraft and that they are constantly looking for any availability”
He added that, currently, Corendon are bringing almost 1.600 tourists daily to Turkey and that the demand is likely to continue until mid-November.
The survey revealed that 89% of Turkish visitors expressed a wish to return to Turkey – when asked about levels of satisfaction, Turkey ranked in 1st place, with an average score of 8.5/10.