Turkey on top for travel and property in 2010

With the credit crunch still affecting wallets, holidaymakers are keen to find the best value deals. According to tour operators, bargain hunters are favouring pocket-friendly destinations such as Turkey, with budget airlines introducing new services to cater for the growing demand.

Turkey is one of Britain’s most popular holiday destinations for 2010, according to The Co-operative Travel, which has reported an 82 per cent increase in bookings to the Turkish airport of Dalaman compared to the same period last year. Meanwhile, Thomas Cook is adding 20 new Turkish hotels this year to keep up with growing demand.
Turkey is increasingly popular with independent traveller too. Search results released by internet travel website Skyscanner show that Dalaman is the 5th most popular airport searched for from UK airports in 2010.
Growing demand has seen the introduction of many new flights for the 2010 season. Budget airline easyJet has announced five new services to the Turkish resorts of Bodrum and Dalaman from Bristol, Stansted and Gatwick, to add to their existing Istanbul and Dalaman routes.
Turkish budget carrier Pegasus Airlines will fly 17 routes from the UK, including new services from London to Bodrum and Dalaman; Manchester to Antalya and Dalaman, and Birmingham to Antalya and Bodrum. Jet2.com has announced low cost flights to Dalaman from East Midlands Airport and Thomas Cook has added weekly flights from Exeter to Dalaman to its existing services.
More British tourists and easier accessibility from the UK will have a profound effect on the Turkish property market, with demand for property expected to rise significantly according to Dominic Whiting, editor of the Buying in Turkey guide.
“More budget flight options, particularly from regional airports, and the growing number of British tourists holidaying in Turkey is excellent news for the property sector and promises to add to the country’s appeal with home buyers, boost market activity and speed up the post-credit crunch recovery,” says Whiting.
For more information contact Buying In Turkey Collection on 0845 351 3551 or visit www.buyingin.co.uk.
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