Tourism figures in Antalya continue to break records, creating employment opportunities both for Turks and foreigners.
A warmer than normal autumn, good prices due to the depreciation of the lira, and factors such as the end of the pandemic or the war in Ukraine, are prolonging the tourist season in Antalya, the main tourist destination on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, where the continuous arrival of tourists is causing the sector to recover to figures even higher than pre-pandemic levels.
Between January and October 2022, 12.7 million foreign tourists arrived by plane in Antalya, an increase of 48% compared to the same period of the previous year. During the month of September alone, Antalya received 1.7 million tourists from outside Turkey. And these good data for tourism are, in turn, achieving a remarkable growth in employment, not only among Turks but also among foreigners who are employed in the sector.
In the month of July – the month that receives the most tourists throughout the year – the number of people employed in the sector increased to 291,372, compared to the 258,338 who were working in a tourist activity in Antalya in 2021, and constitutes in fact the largest employment figure to date in Antalya for a month of July.
In July 2017, Antalya’s tourism industry employed 209,000 people, and in July 2019 – before the pandemic – that number reached 271,000; after the arrival of the coronavirus and the collapse of the arrival of tourists from abroad, the figure fell to 154,000 in 2020. August 2022 has also been a good month for employment in the tourism sector in Antalya, reaching 293,000 employees, to the point that for the first time since there are records, tourism employment data in August exceeded those of July.
Now, with an especially warm autumn and the extension of the tourism season in Antalya, all expectations point to October and November also being good months for work in tourism and setting new employment records, also creating opportunities for foreign workers. According to official data, last August there were 20,872 foreigners from 130 countries working in Antalya, standing out by nationalities the Kyrgyzians, Russians, Kazakhs, Ukrainians, Germans, Azeris and Syrians.
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Licensed in tourism, Laura loves travelling and discovering new places, cultures and people; and of course, one of her favourite places to enjoy a good holiday is Turkey, where she even worked as a tour guide. There are few places in Anatolia that she hasn’t visited… so she is the one who advises the rest of us when we travel.