Türkiye’s picturesque Cappadocia hosts 1M tourists in five months

ANKARA (AA): Türkiye’s globally renowned Cappadocia region in the central Nevsehir province has 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 touristic hub, famed for its distinctive fairy chimneys, underground cities, cave hotels, and hot air balloon rides.

While it hosted over 1.1 million visitors in the same period of 2019, the number of tourists who visited Cappadocia decreased drastically in 2020, to around 323,000, due to Covid-19 restrictions.

In the first five months of last year, Cappadocia hosted over 333,633 domestic and international tourists.

Sevda Aksoy, a tour guide in the region, said the slowdown in the tourism sector during the Covid-19 pandemic has been left behind as of this year.

Having been a tourist guide in the region for a long time, Aksoy said they had a very busy season this year, particularly in April and May.

Thermal paradise Pamukkale

Meanwhile, Pamukkale, one of southwestern Türkiye’s oldest tourist attractions, has hosted some 431,000 local and foreign tourists in the first five months of this year, official figures showed.

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

Located in Türkiye’s Aegean province Denizli, Pamukkale is popular among tourists across the globe, particularly Europe, East Asia, Latin America, as well as Russia.

The globally renowned tourist destination attracted over 127,000 domestic and foreign tourists during the first five months of last year.

Gazi Murat Sen, the head of a local tourism and hotel management association, said: “These figures indicate that we can easily meet the 2 million tourist target we set at the beginning of the year.”

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

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