Tourists flock to Cappadocia and Pamukkale in 2022


Turkey’s scenic Cappadocia region, in the central province of Nevsehir, attracted 1 million tourists in the first five months of this year, according to official figures.

A total of 1.03 million domestic and international visitors came to explore the charming tourist center, famous for its distinctive fairy chimneys, underground cities, cave hotels and hot air balloon rides.

While it welcomed more than 1.1 million visitors during the same period of 2019, the number of tourists visiting Cappadocia fell significantly in 2020, to around 323,000, due to restrictions imposed for stem the spread of the coronavirus.

In the first five months of last year, Cappadocia welcomed more than 333,633 domestic and international tourists.

Sevda Aksoya tourist guide in the region, told Anadolu Agency that the downturn in the tourism sector during the COVID-19 pandemic has been overcome since this year.

Aksoy said she has been a tour guide in the area for a long time and they had a very busy season this year, especially in April and May, noting, “Domestic tourists have also paid attention to cultural tourism over the past last years. years.”

Halime Ebrar Karaanother visitor said she had come to visit Cappadocia with her friends from Bolu province in northwestern Turkey and added that they had been impressed with the stories about the region.

Pamukkale thermal paradise attracts over 430,000 tourists

Pamukkale, one of the oldest tourist attractions in southwestern Turkey, welcomed some 431,000 local and foreign tourists in the first five months of this year, according to official figures.

It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its mineral-rich thermal waters and white travertine terraces.

Located in the Aegean province of Türkiye, Denizli, Pamukkale is popular among tourists from all over the world, especially in Europe, East Asia, Latin America and Russia.

The world famous tourist destination in the first five months of last year attracted more than 127,000 domestic and foreign tourists.

Gazi Murat Senhead of a local tourism and hotel management association, told Anadolu Agency: “These figures indicate that we can easily reach the target of 2 million tourists that we set ourselves at the beginning of the year.”

He added: “We hope to have a season in Pamukkale like 2019 and even exceed the numbers of that year.”

Source: AA

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