Turkey’s most important tourism centers in Cappadocia, international hot air balloon festival will be held for the first time.
Cappadocia International Hot Air Balloon Festival, which will be held between July 3-8, was held in Ürgüp. Mehmet Maraşlı, Urgup Mayor Mehmet Aktürk and Mehmet Halis Aydoğan, owner of Voyager Balloons, gave information about the festival to the press. Mehmet Maraşlı, Urgup District Governor, said, “We came together with the support of the Governorship of Nevsehir, Urgup District Governorate, Urgup Municipality and Voyager Balloons in order to promote the balloon festival which will be held for the first time in our country. Our tourism in Cappadocia has been continuing with an increasing momentum for the last two years. This organization was planned to contribute to the tourism of our country, to promote Urgup region, Cappadocia Region in a better way, to increase our tourism, to receive a higher quality tourism service for our guests and to introduce our region and our country with new activities.”
Mehmet Halis Aydoğan, owner of Voyager Balloons, said that 20 different balloons from 11 countries will participate in the festival. Aydoğan said, “20 different balloons and one aircraft will come to our region from different countries of the world. We believe that it will add a special color with its visual shapes and different shapes in our region where 150 balloons fly every day in Cappadocia Region. Our festival will be held in the Municipality of Urgup in Turkey, yet the concert area and never will be carried out by visual feast of darkness illuminated air balloons. This will be the first. I believe it will spread all over the Turkey Festival. In the long term, we certainly hope that Cappadocia has become the number one in balloon passenger flight, and we hope that it will be among the few festivals in the world within the first 5-year plan.”
According to data prepared by the Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism, the museum, the ruins and underground cities, 123 thousand 244 in January, 128 thousand 955 in February, 188 thousand 487 in March, in April 360 thousand 46 entries were made. Thus, the number of visitors in the first four months of the year reached 800 thousand 732. January-April period, the most visited areas in the region at the beginning of the Göreme Open Air Museum 362 thousand 897, Kaymaklı Underground City 165 thousand 60, Derinkuyu Underground City 118 thousand 932 tourists toured. 331 thousand 819 in the first four months of 2016, 365 thousand 275 in the same period of 2017 and 705 thousand 149 tourists visited the same period of 2018.
Interest in Cappadocia is growing and new markets are opening every year. Showing Turkish TV series in Latin America. This raises a lot of interest in Turkey. When you mention ‘Turkey tourism’ mostly comes to mind Istanbul and Cappadocia. In addition, there is great demand from China. European and North American tourists will also start coming in the coming days. Tourists are very pleased with the situation and the future is much more hopeful. Hopes have increased in 2018, 2019 is going well, and 2020 is more hopeful. This year, Turkey and in terms of the number of tourists is expected to be completed in the Cappadocia region increased compared to last year.