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Old April 23rd, 2009, 07:09 PM   #21
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Tourists see Turkey as ideal holiday spot


ISTANBUL - Turkey is an ideal family holiday location. It offers a reliable climate, beach resorts, good quality accommodation, water sports and land-based activities, all at a lower cost compared to Western Europe. Figures report a 12 percent rise in overseas visitors.

According to Europe's second largest travel operator, Thomas Cook, the hottest ticket this summer is a holiday in Turkey and it is no surprise why thousands of Britons are expected to visit in 2009.

Turkey is the ideal family holiday location. It offers a reliable climate, numerous beach resorts, good quality accommodation, water sports and land-based activities, all at a lower cost compared to western European resorts, according to an article released by Aston Lloyd Holdings Plc.

Tourist arrivals to Turkey have risen steadily over the past few years as the country has opened up and accessibility has improved. Recent figures from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism reported a 12 percent rise in overseas visitors, totaling 26.3 million, of which 2.17 million were from Britain and over 32 percent entered via Turkey’s tourism capital, Antalya, in 2008 compared to 2007. A further 20 percent increase in the number of British tourists is anticipated in 2009, according to an undersecretary of the Tourism Ministry.

Recognizing the importance of tourism to the burgeoning Turkish economy, the Culture and Tourism Ministry has announced longer-term strategies and ambitious aims for 2023. The ministry’s goals include the creation of seven tourist development corridors and nine cultural and tourism zones to attract 40 million visitors, in addition to an airport, 11 cruise ports, 10 tourism cities and nine marinas to be completed by 2013.

Not in the eurozone
One of the key appeals of a holiday in Turkey is affordability. The country is not part of the eurozone and hence relatively unaffected by the pound's poor performance against the euro. The Turkish Lira has reportedly fallen one-third against the dollar and one-fifth against the pound. Known as a value destination, Turkish accommodation, goods and services have remained affordable. There are numerous discounted package holidays now available, especially for those willing to book at the last minute.

And access to tourism hot spots such as Antalya on the Mediterranean coast or the Bodrum Peninsula on the Aegean coast has never been easier with direct flights offered daily from the United Kingdom by both scheduled and charter services. Due to increased demand seat-only travel operator Avro will be offering additional charter flights to Antalya during the summer season starting at the end of May. Further a field, an agreement has been reached for direct flights to commence from Canada to Turkey and Turkish carrier, Turkish Airlines, will introduce new routes this season to New York, Singapore, Johannesburg and Seoul. This increased access to the United States in particular has been much welcomed in light of the recent "Unlimited Turkey" tourism campaign operating stateside.

These positive tourism indicators for 2009 also spell good news for those with second properties in Turkey. Some 73,000 foreign nationals - mainly Britons, Germans and Greeks - own properties in the country, predominantly along the Mediterranean and Aegean coastlines, and interest in property purchases, be it for retirement, a holiday home or a buy-to-let investment, continues to be strong.

Opportunities for investors
Joseph Upchurch, managing director of real estate developer Aston Lloyd, which has a number of projects in Turkey, said: "As a company, Aston Lloyd has a great deal of confidence in Turkey and the returns we can offer our investors. Two Aston Lloyd developments are under construction with one nearing completion, which is a positive reflection on the strength of Turkey and the opportunities that exist for investors looking to make real returns in turbulent times.

Turkey is one of the top places in the world to buy property right now. We are building off the back of in-depth analysis, not speculation, which is why developments in emerging markets, such as Turkey, are still able to continue building, unlike other parts of the world which have seen projects being put on hold or pulled altogether."

Those with existing properties available to rent in key tourism locations such as Antalya are set to benefit this year as holiday villa rentals become increasingly popular. The mixture of quality accommodation in top locations as well as the flexibility of rented villas is of high appeal to families, those on extended stays or those looking for a more personalized vacation.

The undefeated former world super middleweight champion boxer and Aston Lloyd investor, Joe Calzaghe CBE, said: "When making a property investment, the main thing for me is location and value for money. I've chosen places that have a lot of tourism because you want to know you can rent it out. I've also chosen places I would want to go myself, including beautiful countries like Turkey."
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Old May 1st, 2009, 04:50 PM   #22
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Tourism revenues fall 11 pct in first quarter

ISTANBUL - Turkey’s tourism industry has not performed so well for the first quarter of the year, the period of January through March.

The country earned $2.5 billion in tourism for the first three months of the year, according to the Ankara-based Turkish Statistical Institute, or TurkStat. That figure was an 11.2 percent decline on the same period of 2008, the institute announced on its Web site. Some $ 1.8 billion of the total income came from foreign visitors, while $675.7 million came from Turks residing abroad.

Individual travelers contributed $2.3 billion to the total revenue, while $207 million was generated by package tours. Most action was seen in March as some $945.6 million was lured in to the country. January tourism income was $798.7 million. The revenue from tourism totaled $722.3 million in February.

Average personal expenditures were $608 for foreign visitors and $975 for Turkish visitors.

Meanwhile, the number of departing visitors during the first quarter decreased 2.4 percent on the same period last year.

The total number of departing visitors reached 3.64 million during the period. Foreign visitors constituted 2.94 million of that figure, while 693,289 were Turks living outside the country.
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Old May 9th, 2009, 06:41 PM   #23
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Ephesus aims to break own record

İZMİR - One of the biggest open-air museums in the world, the ancient city of Ephesus may break its visitor record this year, according to Selçuk’s local administrator, who thinks that there are some signs promising that kind of success. The target is to better last year’s 2 million tourists

Selçuk’s local administrator has reported the number of visitors to the ancient city of Ephesus had increased every year and that they were expecting a 10 percent increase this year.

Some 1.6 million foreign and domestic tourists visited Ephesus three years ago and that total grew to 2 million tourists last year, Aziz İnci told the Anatolia news agency.

İnci said this year they were expecting to break their own record. "The ancient city of Ephesus, one of the biggest open air museums in the world, is the third most visited spot in Turkey after the Hagia Sophia and Topkapı Palace. Ephesus is one of Anatolia’s oldest archaeological sites and the majority of it is still underground. Despite that, tourist numbers increase each year," he said.

İnci said he based the expected 10 percent increase in visitors on numbers retrieved from travel agencies, hotels and cruise tourism firms. "We expect over 700 cruise ships to Kuşadası. Visitors who come to Kuşadası mostly visit Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary directly after arriving. The Church of Saint Jean, İsa Bey Mosque and Şirince Village are also popular tourist spots in Seçuk, he said.

İnci said there were two main reasons why they were expecting more tourists despite the global economic crisis. "First, the promotion and organization done by TÜRSAB (The Association of Turkish Travel Agencies) and the tourism facilities built with the coordination of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The second reason is the appreciation of the U.S. dollar and euro against the (Turkish) lira. Turkey is a cheap and charming country for tourists in terms of the exchange rate of the U.S. dollar and euro."

Preparations needed

Local administrator İnci also said all the necessary preparations needed to ensure the safety of guests and quality of services were evaluated and taken prior to the tourism season. "There are evaluations done before the season with the sector representatives and the administrators. Security measures are not enough by themselves. Any type of negative influence to disturb the tourists should be eliminated," he said, adding that the most important precaution was personnel training. "The quality standards must be heightened and maintained. Everybody is responsible in that sense, from the shoe shiner in the street to the museum director."

İnci suggested that Selçuk’s 7,000-bed capacity should be increased, indicating that tourism investors should be encouraged by the Pamucak area and the tourism master plan that is in the works. "There is work to be done, which was determined by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. We are not at the point we desire to be in terms of accommodation capacity. Our tourism is Kuşadası based." İnci added that there was not much structuring at the shores of Selçuk and it should be kept that way. "We should not be doing works that will cause the district to lose its qualities. We should be careful." İnci said the only structuring that can be built is at the areas determined by the ministry; big tourism facilities like golf courses.
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Old May 14th, 2009, 11:10 AM   #24
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Bugun kitapcida dergileri karistirirken Istanbul ile ilgili cok iyi bir makaleye rastladim. Onla ilgili haber.

Gezi dergisi "Conde Nast Traveler" İstanbul'u tanıttı

NEW YORK -AA- ABD'nin 1 numaralı gezi dergisi "Conde Nast Traveler", son sayısında İstanbul'a geniş yer ayırdı.
Derginin Mayıs sayısında Joan Juliet Buck tarafından kaleme alınan 14 sayfalık İstanbul yazısı, çeşitli fotoğraflarla süslendi.
Türkiye'nin New York Kültür ve Tanıtma Ataşeliğinden yapılan basın açıklamasında, dergide yer alan İstanbul yazısının yaklaşık 1 milyon dolarlık reklam değeri olduğu bildirildi.
Yazıda "İstanbul'un ihtişamından, turistlere sunduğu sonsuz seçeneklerden, modern yüzünden ve tarihi çehresinden" detaylı olarak söz edilirken yazarın İstanbul gezisinde ziyaret ettiği Ayasofya Müzesi, Ortaköy Camii, Kapalıçarşı gibi kentin klasik turistik merkezleri ile Galeri Nev, Lucca Restoran, Kanyon Alışveriş Merkezi, Al Jamal, Suada, Mikla Bar gibi modern mekanlara da geniş yer verildi.
Yazar, New York'a dönüşünde İstanbul'un renkli hayatını, hareketliliğini, hamamlarını, müziğini ve yemeklerini çok özlediğini de belirtti.
Conde Nast Traveler dergisi, Mart 2009 sayısında da, Bodrum konulu bir makale yayımlanmış ve Bodrum'dan "Yeni St. Tropez" olarak bahsetmişti.
Kültür ve Tanıtma Ataşeliğinin açıklamasında, ABD genelinde 800 bin tirajı bulunan derginin, "trend belirleyen bir tüketici dergisi olduğu", derginin 2 ay içinde Türkiye ile ilgili 2 geniş yazı yayımlamış olmasının büyük önem taşıdığı ve bunun da Amerikalı turistlerin Türkiye'ye artan ilgisini gösterdiği kaydedildi.
Bu arada, National Geographic Traveler dergisi de, Anastasia M. Ashman tarafından kaleme alınan 2 sayfalık yazıda 2010 yılının Avrupa Başkenti olan İstanbul'un "rüyalar kenti" olduğunu belirtti.
Yazıda, Sultanahmet semtindeki "Topkapı Sarayı, Ayasofya, Sultanahmet Camisi, Rüstem Paşa Camisi, Kapalı Çarşı, Cemberlitaş Hamamı, Mısı r Çarşısı ve Yerebatan Sarnıcı" tanıtılıyor.
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Old June 4th, 2009, 05:29 PM   #25
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Turkey draws more people wanting to wed

ISTANBUL - Turkey is becoming a hot new destination for wedding tourism, with many people from Arab countries and Greece choosing to come to Istanbul to get married.

In response to this interest, Turkish travel agencies have initiated exclusive promotional campaigns to draw a larger share of this type of tourism. People from Arabic countries such as Jordan and Lebanon, as well as Iranian citizens, choose Turkey largely because of their exposure to Turkish soap operas filmed at Istanbul mansions alongside the Bosphorus.

Daughters of wealthy Middle Easterners wait in line to get married at the mansion where "Gümüş," a popular soap opera, is shot. Others prefer Çırağan and Dolmabahçe palaces, for similar reasons. Last year, around 100 such weddings took place in Istanbul. Greeks, in contrast, are often drawn to Istanbul because they consider it a holy place. Niks Organization is one of the professional companies handling wedding tourists’ needs, from transportation and accommodation to restaurant reservations, decorations and music. The company arranged 65 weddings last year, 22 of them involving foreign couples.

Package-tour offerings boost demand

Meryem Gürel, the founding partner of Niks Organization, said the trend of marrying abroad is quite common in Europe and the United States. However, Gürel said, "the tourist profile preferring Turkey is mostly Arabs and Greeks." The company is preparing new wedding packages to try to increase the number of couples coming to Turkey for their weddings, an effort that has brought in customers from Belgium, England, Ireland, and, lately, Russia. Although prices vary, the most economic option costs 40 euros per guest, Gürel said. Niks Organization aims to turn the Kuşadası-Bodrum area into a wedding-tourism destination such as Cuba, or Las Vegas in the United States.

The cost of a wedding with a Bosphorus view ranges from $50 to $200 per guest. With approximately 500 guests attending a typical wedding, the business is an attractive one for hotels. Neslihan Özyiğit from the Marmara Group said just one of its properties, the Esma Sultan Mansion, hosted more than 100 weddings last year, 25 of which were between foreign couples. The contribution of wedding tourism to the economy does not end in Istanbul, Özyiğit said, noting that the newlywed couples often visit southern parts of Turkey for their honeymoons.

Çırağan Palace is another popular location for weddings. Feyza Yücefer from Çırağan Palace said a quarter of the weddings the building hosted last year were between foreigners, and that they are already taking reservations for the year 2010. Though the demand has not decreased with the global economic crisis, Yücefer said, less glamorous weddings are preferred these days.

There is also a demand for wedding tourism from Turkish couples who want to marry abroad. Travel-agency officials said Asia, particularly the Far East, is popular these days because of the fear of swine flu in the West. Couples who may have preferred America or the Bahamas as a wedding location now fly to India and Sri Lanka instead. Wedding packages abroad include location choices ranging from castles in Scotland to the white beaches of Indonesia. Cem Polatoğlu, the chairman of the acting board of Barracuda Tours, one of the companies offering such packages, said marrying abroad is a newly rising trend among Turks. Tours are organized for countries including Egypt, India, Lebanon.
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Turkish tourism not hit hard, foreign experts say

MARMARIS - While Turkey is fighting the economic crisis in many industries, predictions of the survival of the tourism industry have become a reality, unlike in many eurozone resort countries

The Nordic Department of TUI, one of the world’s biggest tour operators, announced at a meeting for its partners and Marmaris hoteliers positive messages for Turkish tourism after their appreciation analysis for May.

According to the analysis of TUI Nordic, which is the leading tour operator between Scandinavia and Dalaman, the positive development was not only for May. The tour operator explained the booking demands seem to stay at good levels for the next few months. They explained that the analysis shows northern Europeans have started to prefer Turkey instead of Spain, Cyprus and Bulgaria, which are disadvantaged by being in the Euro zone.TUI Nordic is very positive about the Dalaman (Marmaris, Fethiye, Sarıgerme) region, which has shown good quality results during the last two years, although they predict losses for competitor countries will be around 20 percent. Product Manager Gorm Pedersen from TUI Nordic was hopeful for Turkey’s future. "This will help the destination in the difficult years to come. Quality leads into repeat business, which is the most important factor in the tourism industry," said Pedersen.

Beside the service and product quality, Pedersen was also satisfied about the variety of tourism in Turkey. "This year we will see a lot of Nordic tourists for the first time in Turkey. Some of them will be the tourists usually visiting Spain and Bulgaria for short visits on weekends. I think the main reason is ’value for money,’ but also the variety of products in Turkey. We have many different target groups. And this year the biggest target group, families, is decreasing due to the financial crisis and rising household expenses, etc. Therefore this year we will see fewer families, but more couples. And Turkey is successful because it has products for everyone," he said.

The accommodation partners of TUI confirm what the tour operators say. Dirk Rehorst, the manager of the Maritim Hotel Grand Azur, is extremely pleased with the current situation. "This year, we expected 20 percent fewer bookings before May. But, we had the best May in the last five-year period. Even June is going to be better than last year. The Russian market goes down, but the English market is growing because the pound is very weak, so they are looking for ’non-Euro’ holiday countries, such as Turkey and Egypt. And according to the statistics, the increase in the British market is around 25 percent," said Rehorst.
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Blue Flag Beaches of Turkey listed by Ministry of Culture and Tourism


*Mugla (62)
*Antalya (156)
*Aydın (19)
*İzmir İli (21)
*Balıkesir (16)
*Tekirdağ (1)
*Mersin (7)
*Düzce (1)


Fethiye Club Suncity Plajı
Fethiye Hillside Beach Club
Ölüdeniz Otel Meri
Ölüdeniz Kumburnu Halk Plajı
Göcek Swiss Otel Göcek Marina & SPA Resort
Ortaca Ortaca SARÇED Plajı ; Magic Life Sarıgerme
Ortaca Iberotel Sarıgerme Park, Robinson Club Sarıgerme Park
Marmaris Marmaris Magic Life Marmaris
Marmaris Belediye Önü Plajı
Marmaris Poseidon Otel
Marmaris Maritim Hotel Grand Azur
Marmaris Lidya Hotel
Marmaris Grand Yazıcı Club Turban
Marmaris Grand Yazıcı
İçmeler Martı Resort, Aqua Otel
İçmeler Martı La Perla
İçmeler Munamar Otel
Turunç Turunç Otel
Turunç Turunç Halk Plajı
Marmaris Club Resort Select Maris
Marmaris Green Platan
Marmaris Palmetto Resort Otel (Selimiye)
Marmaris Palmetto Terapi Merkezi (Selimiye)
Marmaris Martı Marina Plajı (Hisarönü)
Datça Datça Aktur Tatil Sitesi
Datça Aktur Kamping
Datça Aktur Kurucabük
Datça Hastanealtı Plajı
Ula Akyaka Akyaka Halk Plajı
BODRUM Bodrum Bardakçı Koyu Azka Otel
Bodrum İsis Tatil Köyü
Bodrum Torba Club Voyage
Bodrum Işıl Club (Milta Tatil Köyü)
Bodrum Samara Otel
Bodrum Kervansaray Otel
Bodrum Litera Etap Altınel
Yalıçiftliği Valtur
Yalıçiftliği Sea Garden I
Yalıçiftliği Sea Garden II
Yalıçiftliği Palmiye Tatil Köyü
Yalıçiftliği Latanya Bodrum Beach Club
Yalıçiftliği Kempinski Barbaros Bay
Yalıçiftliği Club Ersan
Yalıçiftliği Club Belizia Majesty
Bitez Aktur
Bitez Aktur Apart(Bitez)
Bitez Ambrossia Otel
Bitez Bitez Yalı (Halikarya)
Ortakent-Yahşi Ortakent Light House Otel
Ortakent-Yahşi Scala Beach
Turgutreis Bağla Koyu Magic Life
Turgutreis Club Armonia
Turgutreis Turgutreis Günbatımı Plajı
Turgutreis Yelken Otel
Turgutreis Club Armonia Bodrum Evleri
Turgutreis Kadıkale Resort; Yasmin Bodrum Resort
Yalıkavak Gümüşkaya Plajı
Yalıkavak Yalıkavak Halk Plajı
Yalıkavak Club Flipper
Yalıkavak Hotel Delta Beach Resort
Gündoğan Gündoğan Halk Plajı
Göltürkbükü Club Voyage Türkbükü ; Hekimköy Tatil Sitesi


Kargıcak Kargıcak II (First Class-Drita Otel)
Mahmutlar Happy Elegance Otel
Kestel Kestel (Sunset Beach,Orient Palace, Paradiso Otel)
Alanya Keykubat
Alanya Damlataş
Alanya Kleopatra Doğu
Alanya Kleopatra Batı
Konaklı Serapsu Otel
Konaklı Royal Vikingen Resort Otel,Yetkin Otel
Türkler Aydınbey Gold Dreams
Türkler Asrın Beach Otel
Türkler Club Güneş
Türkler Jasmin Garden Otel
Türkler Köşdere Otel
Türkler Manolya Otel
Avsallar Avsallar Justiniano Beach Otel
Avsallar Rubi Otel
Avsallar Ulusoy Aspendos
Avsallar İncekum Joy Pegasos Hotels
Avsallar İncekum Halk Plajı
Avsallar İncekum Resort
Okurcalar Water Planet
Okurcalar Okurcalar I (Aska Club N, Arycanda Deluxe Resort)
Okurcalar Botanik Hotel, Mukarnas Resort
Okurcalar Delphin Deluxe Resort Hotel
Okurcalar Meryan Otel
Okurcalar Sidera Otel
Okurcalar Lamer Delta Otel
Kızılot Pemar Otel
Kızılot Kızılot I (Aska Costa, Laphetos Otel, Amelia Beach)
Kızılot Crystal Admiral Otel
Kızılot Flora Garden Otel
Manavgat Washington Resort, Lyra Resort
Manavgat Club Ali Bey
Manavgat Club Nena
Manavgat Sunrise Resort, Turan Prince World
Manavgat Silence Beach Resort
Manavgat Majesty Palm Beach
Manavgat Titreyengöl I, Joy Nashira
Manavgat Titreyengöl II, Magic Life Seven Seas
Manavgat Joy Pegasos World Otel
Manavgat Blue Waters Hotels
Manavgat Asteria Sorgun
Manavgat Voyage Sorgun
Manavgat Robinson Club Pamfilya-Turquoise Otel
Side Sueno Hotels Beach Side
Side Side Star, Trendy Side Beach
Side Cennet Acanthus Otel
Side Side Asteria Otel
Side Sunrise Queen Otel
Side Side Grand Otel
Ilıca Kumköy I (Trendy Side Palm Beach, Side Sun Otel)
Ilıca Kumköy II (Terrace, Kumköy Beach Resort)
Ilıca Kumköy III (Papillon Muna)
Evrenseki Evrenseki I (Xanthe Otel, Evrenseki Doğu Halk Plajı)
Evrenseki Evrenseki II ( Seher Resort,Evrenseki Batı Hlk P, Calimera Monachus,Grand Art Side)
Çolaklı Kamelya World
Çolaklı Stone Palace
Çolaklı Alba Hotels
Çolaklı Golden Coast Otel
Gündoğdu Tayyar Bey Otel
Gündoğdu Gündoğdu III(Amara Beach-Turan Prince Residence)
Gündoğdu Gündoğdu II( Trendy Aspendos Beach-Royal Atlantis)
Gündoğdu Vera Club Otel Lindita

Boğazkent Boğazkent I( Club Hotel Paraiso Verde, Belek Beach Hotel, Aydınbey Famous Otel)

Boğazkent Boğazkent II (Club Victoria Otel)
Boğazkent Boğazkent III (Vera Mare,Crystal Family)
Belek Acısu I (Xanadu Resort Hotel)
Belek Acısu II(Gloria Golf,Gloria Serenity)
Belek İleribaşı IV (Papillon Zeugma Otel)
Belek İleribaşı II(Gloria Verde,Maritim Pine Beach )
Belek İleribaşı III ( Papillon Ayscha,Cornelia Deluxe, Blue Collection )
Belek Belek Halk Plajı
Belek İskele IV (Club Voyage Belek Select)
Belek İskele III ( Adam and Eve, Club Ali Bey)
Belek İskele I (Magic Life Water World )
Belek İskele V ( Su Sesi, Cornelia Diamond)
Kadriye Taşlıburun IV ( Calista Otel,Attaleia Otel)
Kadriye Taşlıburun I (Papillon Belvil, İberostar Bellis)
Kadriye Taşlıburun III ( Otium Zeynep )
Kadriye Kadriye Halk Plajı
Kadriye Üçkumtepesi IV ( Kempinski The Dome )
Kadriye Üçkumtepesi II ( IC Hotel Santai-Magic Life Sirene)
Kadriye Üçkumtepesi III ( Tatbeach Barcelo-Adora Golf)
Kadriye Üçkumtepesi I ( Club Megasaray- Club Asteria)
Aksu Venezia Palace
Aksu IC Green Palace
Aksu Saturn Palace,Lara Beach Otel
Aksu Sherwood Breezes Resort, Royal Wings Otel
Aksu Concorde Otel
Aksu Delphin Palace,Fame Residence
Aksu Delphin Diva
Aksu Lares Otel
Muratpaşa Miracle Resort,Lara Barut
Muratpaşa Club Hotel Sera
Muratpaşa Turist Beach
Muratpaşa Karpuzkaldıran Kampı
Muratpaşa Dedeman Otel,Adonis Otel
Muratpaşa Divan Talya Otel
Büyükşehir Büyükşehir Konyaaltı II ( Beach park )
Büyükşehir Konyaaltı III ( Beach Park )
Büyükşehir Konyaaltı VII ( Beach Park )
Büyükşehir Konyaaltı IX (Beach Park)
Konyaaltı Konyaaltı Konyaaltı I ( Baki Grup )
Konyaaltı Konyaaltı IV ( Baki Grup )
Konyaaltı Konyaaltı V ( Baki Grup )
Konyaaltı Konyaaltı VI ( Baki Grup )
Konyaaltı Konyaaltı VIII ( Baki Grup )
Beldibi Beldibi Atatürk Parkı Halk Plajı
Beldibi Beldibi Rixos Otel
Beldibi Antedon Deluxe Otel
Beldibi Catamaran Otel
Beldibi Beldibi Club Med
Beldibi Zigana Tatil Köyü
Beldibi Club Amara Marine
Beldibi Sungate Port Royal
Beldibi Sea Gull Otel
Göynük Mirada Delmar
Göynük Ulusoy T.K.
Göynük Magic Life Kemer
Göynük Göynük Halk Plajı
Göynük Kilikya Palace-Fame Göynük
Göynük Majesty Mirage Park
Göynük Club Phaselis
Kemer Palmiye T.K.
Kemer Grand Gül,Rose Beach Residence
Kemer Palmet Resort Otel
Kemer Amara Wing Hotel
Kemer Alatimya Village-Maxim Resort
Kemer Kemer Resort
Kemer Orange County
Kemer Grand Haber, Crystal Kemer Otel
Kemer Fame Residence Kemer
Kemer Türkiz Otel
Kemer Ayışığı Plajı
Kemer Club Med Kemer
Kemer Joy Kiriş World
Kemer Kiriş Alinda Otel
Kemer Kiriş Le Jardin Otel
Kemer Limak Limra
Çamyuva Barut Labada
Çamyuva Ulusoy Fantasia
Çamyuva Marco Polo
Çamyuva Elize Beach Resort
Çamyuva Robinson Club Çamyuva
Tekirova Pirates Beach
Tekirova Martı Myra Otel
Tekirova Phaselis Princess-Queens Park
Tekirova Corinthia Otel
Tekirova Amara Dolcevita
Kaş Küçükçakıl Çınarlar Beach
Kaş Aquarius Otel
Kaş Aquapark Otel
Kalkan Patara Prince Resort
Kalkan Kalamar Beach Club


Didim Altınkum Plajı
Didim Oteller Önü Plajı
Akbük Club Patio (Lookea Didim)
Didim Club Tarhan
Didim 3. Koy Plajı
Didim Sahte Cennet
Kuşadası Kuşadası Tusan Otel
Kuşadası Kuştur Tatil Köyü
Kuşadası Kadınlar Denizi
Kuşadası Pine Bay Hotel
Kuşadası Korumar Otel
Kuşadası Adakule Otel
Kuşadası Ömer Tatil Köyü
Kuşadası Prelude Otel
Kuşadası Ephesia Holiday Beach Club
Kuşadası Ephesia Otel
Kuşadası Grand Blue Sky Otel
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Old June 19th, 2009, 06:57 PM   #28
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Tourism authorities keep their hopes up

ANTALYA - Antalya, the world-renowned tourism destinations on the Turkish Riviera, has been unable to match 2008’s tourism figures for the first quarter of this year. However, figures have begun to climb again as of this month, much to the joy of tourism authorities.

While tourism revenue dropped 11.2 percent, the most dramatic downtrend observed was among the number of Russian tourists visiting Turkey, an integral part of regional tourism. According to data obtained from the Culture and Tourism Ministry, tourists visiting Turkey between January and March amounted to 2.8 million, a drop of 4.22 percent compared to the same term last year. Some 33,000 of these tourists were day-trippers, which weakened revenue.

The effect of the decrease tourist numbers was felt keenly in the first three months of this year, said officials from the Turkey Tourism Investors Association. While revenue from tourism amounted to $2.7 million in the first term of 2008, that figure dropped to $2.5 million this year, a drop of 11.2 percent. Visitors personal expenses accounted for most of that figure while the contribution from tours was slight.

In an interview with the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review, Bülent Büyükyiğit, regional manager of Belek Tourism Investors Association, stated his concerns, saying that the most dramatic decrease in figures was recorded in the number of Russian tourists.

Tunç Tuzcu, Corporate Communication and PR manager of Rixos Group, also agreed with Büyükyiğit that there was a serious decrease in Russian, Ukrainian and Georgian arrivals.

"Although people have enough funds, they act in a prudent way in times of crisis. European tourists, for example do not cancel their holidays abroad, however, they tend to shorten their holiday, which directly leads to a loss in total tourism revenue," Tuzcu said.

Sector enters a recovery period

Despite the negative figures for the first half of the year, neither Büyükyiğit nor Tuzcu was pessimistic about the second half of the season.

Büyükyiğit anticipated that booking rates would substantially increase in July, August and September. Moreover, June figures show that the sector has already entered a serious recovery period.

Tuzcu also said that the number of total tourists this year was not expected to fall much behind last year’s numbers. "Above all, tourism authorities are trying to do their best to revitalize the market. We are developing new marketing strategies. These will all definitely prove to be useful for the sector," he added. Büyükyiğit also recalled that circulation in the sector would continue after the peak season ends in September, as the golf season starts at the end of October.

İbrahim Acar, Provincial Culture and Tourism director is also optimistic. "Antalya has entered the peak tourism season with high morale. We expect that the number of tourists in June, July and August will not fall behind that of last year", Acar said.

Recalling that Turkey was especially favored for last minute bookings, Acar pointed out that European countries and Russia have a steady desire for holidays. Even if their countries have financial difficulties, people never cancel their holidays, he said
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Mouthwatering assets to tourism

ANTALYA - Now Turkey is not only counting on its bright sunshine, long beaches, blue seas and colorful nightlife when it comes to drawing and entertaining tourists. With the country's huge variety of delicious cuisine, gastronomy tourism is becoming more and more important in Turkey.

Culinary tourism, introduced as an alternative to the common perception of tourism, is growing in popularity. Increasing its part of the total tourism pie, the newly developing tourism branch offers tourists the opportunity to experience a variety of local tastes in addition to learning about the country’s cultural motifs.

Becoming more of a tool to increase publicity of regions, especially within cultural tours, such as Cappadocia or Southeastern Turkey tours, culinary tourism is also worthy of consideration in terms of its contribution to the total tourism income as well as to the general perception of the regions.

Osman Aydoğan, general secretary of the Tourism Journalists Association, said in an interview with the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review that culinary tourism, which is also known as "gastronomy tourism," has not yet developed into an entirely independent type of tourism in Turkey. It is a sub-branch, but a fast developing one, he added.

"The major role of culinary tourism is helping to increase the per capita expenses of tourists. We cannot mention the huge amounts of income at this point, but it greatly contributes to tourists’ general perception of a given destination," Aydoğan said.

Agreeing with Aydoğan on the significance of the culinary tourism, Ali Berkay, owner of a restaurant chain in the Adana and Mersin areas, highlighted that the visiting tourists constitute the majority of their guests and income. Coming with pre-arranged tours, the tourists mostly like to taste the local dishes. Some of them even go to the kitchen to learn about the cooking styles, Berkay said.

Good alternative

Bülent Günbek, owner of a restaurant in Antalya, is also among those who believe in the importance of developing culinary tourism. "Culinary tourism is definitely a good alternative to the tourists who are stuck with the monotony of the all-inclusive system. This gives them the opportunity to look around and experience the different tastes of the countries they visit," he said.

Having similar opinions with Günbek about the all-inclusive system, Aydoğan also said: "While trying to develop the regional tourism with all-inclusive system, we are unaware that we actually undermine the other spheres of tourism. Instead of eliminating the supporting branches and standardizing tourism, we should try to form a unity with all these branches, each of which contributes to the development of the others."

Highlighting the importance of Çukurova, the region covering Adana to Mersin, in Turkey’s culinary culture, Tayyar Zaimoğlu, chairman of Çukurova Tourism Hotel Owners Union, or ÇUKTOB, said that they initiated different projects in order to introduce the local dishes to tourism.

"The hotel and restaurant owners have begun to pay special attention to the variety of the local dishes on their menus. We know that 20 to 25 percent of the tourists visiting the Çukurova region come to taste these dishes," he said.

Quite popular in countries that have a distinctive wine culture, such as France, Italy and America, wine tourism has begun to gain ground in Turkey as well. There are companies that organize wine tasting tours where the tourists are hosted in a house for one day and offered wine.

As one of these companies, Vinotolia arranges gastronomy tours around the Cappadocia area with a special emphasis on Cappadocia’s world-famous wines. Filiz Yankı, who runs the company with her husband, said that culinary tourism may be a good opportunity to increase the tourism potential of inner districts that are distant from the trinity of sea, sun and sand.

"Although it may seem easier than the larger scale tourism dominant in the southern part of Turkey, culinary tourism needs special care and a combination of skills. My husband and I are also guides and can speak several languages, which is a great advantage for us to do this job," said Yankı, adding that it is crucial to both cook well and communicate with the guests in their own languages and inform them about each step at the same time.

Filiz Yankı charges her guests 150 to 200 Turkish Liras a person for her service while the more extensive tours, which take a few days and combine culinary tourism with culture and nature tours, cost more.
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Old July 31st, 2009, 09:27 PM   #32
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Culture tourism booms despite crisis

The global economic crisis has affected Turkish tourism but it might have helped reinvigorate the long-ignored culture tourism. The demand for cultural tours has been increasing both among domestic and in international vacationers. Some tourism operators seem to have made use of the crisis with tours arranged to almost every part of Turkey

Close up of ancient sculpture of Medusa in Temple of Apollo, Didim. Hürriyet photo
Although it has long gone ignored, culture tourism has recently become a sign of hope for the tourism sector amid the economic crisis, spawning many theories on its new attraction for travelers.

Lale Ergüven, owner of a boutique hotel in Bodrum, said in an interview with the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review that the economic crisis has hit the middle- and low-income groups, who have had to revise their holiday plans and budgets, while holidays for the high-income group have increased and been varied.

This high-income group has begun to prefer cultural tours, which offer a more diverse holiday, and are more costly than the common holiday concept of sea, sand and sun within the all-inclusive system, said Ergüven.

Stating similar opinions with Ergüven, Ali Bahadır, manager of Fitsa Travel Agency in Didim, said high-income travelers tend to opt for more comprehensive and cultural tours, which include accommodation in different, high-quality hotels, mostly boutique hotels, eating in exclusive restaurants, which offer local tastes, and transportation by luxurious means.

Eastern parts of Turkey, good opportunity for cultural tours

There is an increasing demand for cultural tours, especially in the eastern parts of Turkey, Sinan Vardar, honorary chairman of Jolly Tours, said. The peak tour season is April, May, October and November.

Aiming to spread the season year-round with the help of the newly-opening boutique hotels and support from the government, Vardar also said that eastern tourism can thus be saved from the danger of the all-inclusive system, as is the case in southern and western Turkey.

While some 10,000 people went on the cultural tours in 2008, the number has already reached 12,000 in the first five months of 2009 within Jolly Tour.

While it is apparent that the economic crisis has seemingly increased awareness for cultural tourism, the sector is also supported by the small-scale activities organized by the local authorities and festivals.

As one of these festivals, Meandros Festival in Aydın aims to develop cultural tours by emphasizing the historical and cultural values of areas such as Söke, Kuşadası, Bafa and the Menderes Delta.

Başak Kamacı, the festival coordinator, said that their basic target is to initiate cultural tourism by forming a common local brand.

“The Menderes [Meandros] Basin includes a number of beauties, such as Avşar and Serçin villages, Aslan Plateau, and Akköy and Doğanbey cities, besides the remnants of strategically important ancient cities such as Millet, Didyma, Priene, Myus and Herakleia. There is no need to mention the various animal species hidden in the district,” Kamacı said.

Noting that it is pleasing that demand for cultural tours in the area is continuously rising, Kamacı also added that these values should be protected, promoted and passed on to the future generations, for which the development of the cultural tourism is of great importance, and a path towards making the district a globally renowned brand.
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Antalya'ya turist yağdı
Antalya'ya hava yoluyla gelen turist sayısının 5 milyonu aştığı bildirildi

AA muhabirinin Antalya Kültür ve Turizm İl Müdürlüğünden edindiği bilgiye göre, hafta sonunu kapsayan 7-9 Ağustos tarihleri arasındaki üç günde Antalya Uluslararası Dış Hatlar Terminali'nden 167 bin 795 turist giriş yaptı. Ağustos ayının 9 günlük döneminde Antalya'ya gelen turist sayısı ise 461 bin 172 oldu. Yetkililer, yılbaşından bugüne kadar Antalya'ya gelen turist sayısının 5 milyon 196 bin 419'e ulaştığını bildirdi.

Antalya'ya gelen turist sayısı geçen yılık 1 Ocak - 9 Ağustos dönemine göre, yüzde 6 düşüş gösterdi. Geçen yıl 1 Ocak - 9 Ağustos döneminde Antalya'ya 5 milyon 510 bin 43 turist gelmişti.

Kültür ve Turizm İl Müdürlüğü yetkilileri, küresel krizin etkilerinin hissedilmesine rağmen, Türkiye'nin özellikle de Antalya'ya gelen turist sayısının rakip ülkeler İspanya ve Yunanistan'a göre çok iyi durumda olduğunu belirterek, yıl sonu itibariyle geçen yılın rakamlarının yakalanabileceğini kaydettiler.
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Türkiye turizmde en başarılı ülke
Türkiye, küresel krizin dünya turizm sektörüne vurduğu 2009 yılında sektörde en başarılı ülke olarak ilan edildi

Türkiye, küresel krizin dünya turizm sektörüne vurduğu 2009 yılında sektörde en başarılı ülke olarak ilan edildi. The Times gazetesi "Türkiye: Turizmde 2009 Yılının Başarı Öyküsü" diye yazdı. İngiltere'nin önde gelen gazetelerinden The Times, internet sayfasında yayınlanan bir haberde Türkiye'yi, "Turizmde 2009 yılının başarı öyküsü" ilan etti. Gazete, İngilizlerin bu yılda tatil için en çok hangi ülkelere yöneldiğini değerlendirdiği haberinde " Yunanistan ile arayı hızla kapatan Türkiye, güçlü eurodan uzak durmayı amaçlayan tatilcilerin ve günebatısında inşa edilen tesislerin sayesinde yükselen yıldızdır" yorumunu yaptı. Haberde ayrıca Türkiye ve Yunanistan kitlesel turizme kur yaparken Hindistan ve BAE'nin ise daha zengin turistleri çektiği de belirtildi.
The Times reported "Turkey: The success story of 2009 in tourism". The number of people travelling to Turkey has increased drastically this year the newspaper said. The Times also mentioned that Turkey is closing the gap with Greece in tourism.

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closing the gap with Greece? Which gap? Last year we received twice as much as Greece.
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For English tourists I meant. Sorry for the confusion!
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Tourism stands tall against the crisis

HOPE: Culture Minister Ertuğrul Günay says he is hopeful that the number of tourist arrivals to Turkey will increase next year. AA photo.
According Culture Minister Ertuğrul Günay, the turnout for tourism this year was better than some pessimistic tourism agencies had predicted.

The year is expected to finish with an influx of tourists numbering 27 million to 28 million. Günay said these figures give hope for a brighter outlook for 2010. “If the crisis is abating, then I believe annual tourist arrivals to Turkey can reach 30 million,” he said.

While the global tourism industry contracted 5 to 8 percent, Turkey has managed to attain growth in July, he said. Compared to the 5 percent contraction in Spain and Greece, the tourism industry in Turkey grew 1.1 percent, said Günay. The figures are expected to improve further in August and September, he said.

“Despite the global crisis, Turkey has managed to attain last year’s average and that is a great success,” said Günay. “If the impact of the global crisis had not shaken the world, then we would have ended the year with 28 million tourists.”

By countries:

According to official data some 14.93 million tourists arrived in Turkey in the first seven months of the year.

The number of tourists arriving in Turkey from Russia and Ukraine declined, according to Günay. “However, arrivals from Scandinavia, France, Italy and England increased. There was also an increase in the number of tourists arriving from the Gulf countries and Poland.”

This year, 2.46 million Germans visited Turkey in the first seven months of the year. The number of British visitors also rose by 150,000 during the same period, while the number of Russians visiting the country rose by 200,000.

On the other hand there was a significant increase in the number of visitors arriving from Malta, Canada, Portugal, Spain, Finland, Algeria, Morocco, Libya, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Visitor arrivals from Southern Cyprus increased by 60 percent during the first seven months of the year. Meanwhile, there was a decrease of 55 percent in the number of tourist arrivals from Israel and 5 percent from Armenia.

Account deficit

Half of the current account deficit is being paid off by income from tourism, according to Günay. “For that very same reason, the tourism industry continues to be Turkey’s leading economy and developing industry, despite the atmosphere of crisis.”

Günay said he was hopeful for the upcoming year. “The number of tourists arriving in Turkey can reach 30 million in 2010. There are some people who think that the crisis will continue and we will see the real effects in 2010. But they were also predicting negative scenarios for this year. This did not happen and I hope there will be good things in 2010.”

“Many remarkable activities are yet to happen. Those will help increase the number of tourist arrivals to Turkey,” Günay said. “Our convention tourism potential is developing. Turkey’s 2010 agenda is filled with conventions,” he said. Istanbul has been declared the Culture Capital of 2010 and Turkey will also celebrate the “year of Japan” next year. According to Günay, all these events will contribute to the country’s publicity.
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Europe's Leading All-inclusive Resort: Concorde De Luxe Resort,Turkey

Europe's Leading Boutique Hotel: Hotel Les Ottomans, Turkey

Europe's Leading Business Hotel: Movenpick Hotel Istanbul, Turkey

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Europe's Leading Luxury Resort: Mardan Palace, Turkey

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Mehveş Evin Sultanahmet'te neler yaşadı?

İstanbul'a, özellikle Sultanahmet'e gelen turistlere İngilizce rehberlerde yapılan yorumlar, malumunuz Türkleri fena sinirlendirdi... Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, Time Out gibi tüm dünyada çok satan bu rehberlerde İstanbul, özellikle kadın turistler için kabus olarak anlatılıyordu...

Mehveş Evin'in Milliyet Gazetesi'nde yayınlanan ilginç yazısını dikkatinize sunuyoruz:

İstanbul'a, özellikle Sultanahmet'e gelen turistlere İngilizce rehberlerde yapılan yorumlar, malumunuz Türkleri fena sinirlendirdi... Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, Time Out gibi tüm dünyada çok satan bu rehberlerde İstanbul, özellikle kadın turistler için kabus olarak anlatılıyordu... TÜRSAB Başkanı Başaran Ulusoy, bu iftiraların 'rakipler'in ürünü olduğunu söyledi.

Peki bu cümlelerde gerçeklik payı var mıydı? Tek başına gezen kadın turist, jigoloların hedefi mi oluyordu?
Taksiciler yabancı müşteriyi dolandırıyor muydu?
Bu soruları kendi kendime sormanın anlamı yoktu. Sultanahmet'e 'bir turist gibi' gitmeye karar verdim. Boynumda otantik bir şal, elimde fotoğraf makinesi ve İngilizce rehber kitap, peşimde fotoğraf muhabiri arkadaşımla olay yerine gittik.

Daha Sultanahmet Camii'nin önüne gelmeden, parkta ikili-üçlü gruplar halinde oturan genç adamların bolluğu dikkatimi çekti. Saat dörttü, bu adamların işi gücü çeşmeden akan suları seyretmekti.

Durdum ve fotoğraf çekmeye başladım. İki genç adam, anında yanıma seğirtti. Son derecede kibar bir şekilde, İngilizce olarak 'Yardımcı olabilir miyim?' diye sordu siyah ceket, gömlek ve pantolonlu, 20'li yaşlardaki esmer delikanlı. "Sadece bakınıyorum" dedim. Bingo! Muhabbet başladı. Arkadaşı bir işaret çakarak uzaklaştı. Genç adam sormaya, ben de turist cevapları vermeye başladım: Az, öz ama kibarca. Bir de baktım benimle yürümeye başlamış. "Sultanahmet Camii'ni mutlaka gezmelisin" dedi grameri sıfır, pratiği mükemmel bir İngilizceyle.
Ali'ye ne iş yaptığını sordum. Bir lokantada çalıştığını, bugünün boş olduğunu söyledi. İyi de boş gününde niye bir dirhem iki çekirdek, Sultanahmet'te takılıyor, hiç tanımadığı bir yabancı kadını gezdirmeyi teklif ediyordu?

Camiiye girdik. Ayakkabılarımı çıkarıp poşete koymam gerektiğini söyleyip, mesafesini koruyarak beni camide gezdirdi. Amerikalı turist edasıyla "Woww... Wonderful!" naralarımı gururlanarak izledi, cami hakkında bilgi verdi. Çıktık, hala yanımda. Ne yapacağımı, nereye gideceğimi sormaya başladı. Arkadaşlarımla buluşacağımı, gitmem gerektiğini söyledim, ısrarla kahve içmeye davet etti. Kibarca reddedince kartını çıkardı ve "İstediğiniz zaman gelin, misafirim olun" dedi. El sıkışarak ayrıldık.

Yalnız kalır kalmaz Aya İrini'ye yöneldim. Biraz tedirgin olmuştum. Tam 'oh bi kafamı dinleyeyim' derken İstanbul kitabı satan bir genç daha yaklaştı. "Sağol almayayım" dedim. Nafile! Yine solo yürümeme izin vermeyen, nereden geldiğimi, nereye gittiğimi soran bir erkek... "Sorry" diyerek zor uzaklaştım.

Yarım dakika sonra, muhtemelen bu sahneyi seyreden başka bir arkadaş, "Affedersiniz İtalyan mısınız?" diye yanaştı. Yine esmer, yine bir dirhem iki çekirdek, 35'lerinde güleryüzlü bir adam. Hayır efendim, ben Bostonlu'yum... Şinasi, flört konusunda biraz daha tecrübeli. "Ah, stiliniz İtalyan kadınlarına benziyor! Mutlaka ailenizde var" diyor. Ben de zokayı güya yutuyorum: Evet, annemin tarafından...

Bir baktım, yine tek başıma değil, çift yürüyorum. Turist kadın olarak yalnız yürümek bu şehirde galiba yasak!
Yine ne olduğumu anlamadan, nereden geldin, ne kadar kalıyorsun muhabbetine girildi. Dükkanı varmış, "Aa nerde?" diyorum ama Şinasi acayip kibar: "Yok, oraya sizi götürürsem yanlış anlaşılır. Size bir kahve ısmarlamak isterim. Türkiye'de bir deyim vardır, bir kahvenin kırk yıllık hatırı vardır..." Zaten bir kafenin önüne gelmişiz, teklifini kabul ediyorum. 15 dakikalık kahve sohbetinde, usta sorularla hangi otelde kaldığımı, kimlerle geldiğimi soruyor. Yine ne abartılı bir sarkma hareketi, ne de sinir bozucu bir yavşaklık.

Akşam programımı soruyor, içki ısmarlamayı, nargile içmeyi teklif ediyor. 'Gerçekten görüşmek' istediği için telefonunu veriyor. Ahlaksız teklif yok, flört var. Tedirginim, pek konuşmuyorum. El sıkışarak ayrılıyoruz.

Off gerildim! Bünyamin nerede? Ya takip edilirsem? Ya Türk olduğumu anlarlarsa?

Şak diye arkamdan yine biri yaklaşıyor; "Bayan nereye gidiyorsunuz?" Yine o kitapçı çocuk! "Gece meydandayım, gel içki ısmarlayayım" diyor. "Kardeşim Türk'üm, bi rahat bırakın ya" diye haykırmak geliyor içimden... Bu atağı da savuşturarak olay mahallini hızlı adımlarla terk ediyorum. Herbiri bonkör sprinter mübarek! Kesinlikle kaçış yok!
Divan Yolu'nda koşar adım ilerlerken önümde yürüyen iki Uzakdoğulu kıza yanaşan, saçları jöleyle Yiğit Bulut modeli arkaya yapıştırılmış, siyah deri ceketli gencin 'yanaşma' hamlelerine tanık oluyorum. 'Beni tanımadın mı? Hani dün tanıştık?' diyor ısrarla. Kız, saatte 30 km/saat hızında yürürken kurtulmaya çalışıyor, belli ki korkmuş.

Çok ülkede turist olarak dolaştım, bunca ilgiye hiçbir yerde mazhar olmadım. Cinsel tacize uğramadım, ama yalnız kalamamaktan, her an ters bir harekete maruz kalma ihtimalinden, tecessüsten dolayı rahatsız oldum. Ve sırf bu gerginlik beni çok yordu..

Turist olsam, tek başıma ya da kız kıza bir daha Sultanahmet'e gelmem. Bunu da artık kafanıza yazın turizmci arkadaşlar.

Saat: 16.05
Sultanahmet Camii'nin önünde etrafa aval aval bakarken playboy kemerli 'Ali' yanıma yaklaşıyor. Sohbete başlıyor, beni gezdirmeyi teklif ediyor ama asla sarkıntılık yapmıyor.

Saat: 16.25
Şinasi adındaki adam parkta yanaşıp 'Çok pardon, siz İtalyan mısınız? Ben İtalya'da yaşadım da çok benziyorsunuz' diyor. Bir kahvenin 40 yıllık hatrı vardır deyişini anlatarak beni bir cafeye davet ediyor. Gece istersem beni nargile içmeye götürecek.

Saat: 16.55
Rehber kitaplar satma bahanesiyle yanıma yanaşan bu genç, teklifi reddedince soru yağmuruna tutup, akşam programı soruyor.

* Sultanahmet'i mesken tutan genç adamlar, yabancı kadınlara nefes aldırmıyor. Ama nazikler; aksi takdirde kadınları kaçıracaklarını öğrenmiş gibiler.
* Genç adamların ilgisinden hoşnut olan turistler olabilir. Ancak Batı kültüründe "Öff çekil başımdan" demek ayıp sayılır. Sırf bunu bildiğinizden tatlı tatlı esir almanın ne manası var?
* Çoğu zaman, kadınların yalnız dolaşmalarının özel bir anlamı yoktur. Sade suya tirit muhabbete katılır gibi gözükse de yabancı bir erkeğin hangi niyetle yaklaştığını düşünmeyecek kadar hıyar değiller!..

Ne olduğumu anlamadan Ali bana eşlik etmeye başlıyor. Yolda bir polis arabası durup ona laf atıyor. Ben yürüyüşe devam ederken ayak üstü şakalaşıyorlar. Ali . 'Ne istiyor polisler' diye sorunca 'Yok birşey, arabada bir tanıdığım vardı' diyor. Ayrılırken kartını verip yemeğe davet ediyor.

Kendimi Hıncal Uluç gibi hissettim, ama pes dedim! Bu kadarını beklemiyordum... Sultanahmet'ten Armada Oteli'ne gitmek üzere taksiye binip İngilizce konuşuyorum. Tertemiz, kibar bir taksici. Beni sahilden dolaştırıyor. Asıl şoku taksimetreye bakınca yaşıyorum: 21.500000! 'Bu nedir? Çok fazla!' Diye itiraz ediyorum. 22 liraymış 5 dakikalık yol! Dayanamayıp patlıyorum:

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