Walking tours started in Istanbul with Marmaray: Carrying an average of 110 thousand passengers a day, Marmaray also energized tourism in the Anatolian Side. Tourism professionals, who stated that tourists experienced Marmaray because they were curious about the passage from the submarine, started 'walking' tours similar to the ones in Europe in the region.
Nevzat Ahmet Çelebi, General Manager of Ramada Istanbul Asia Hotel, said, "The Anatolian Side was an opportunity to stay with the ease of transportation provided by Marmaray." Veli Çilsal, Chairman of the Board of Anı Tur, said that Marmaray is a tourist attraction and is used to experience it. Emphasizing that Marmaray has also increased the occupancy rates in the hotels in the region by 20 percent, Çilsal said, “Room prices in Anatolian Side hotels are more affordable than Europe. "Transportation facilities such as Marmaray, metro and metrobus increase the demand here day by day."
'WE START WALKING TOURS'
Antonino Tourism Manager Atilla Tuna said that they started "walking tours" on the Anatolian side with Marmaray. Tuna said, “We organize walking tours for local and foreign tourists in Istanbul at locations such as Beyoğlu, Sultanahmet and Nişantaşı. We have never crossed to the Anatolian Side until now because we did not want the tourists to waste time in traffic on these daily tours. The distance between the opening of Marmaray and the decrease to 5 minutes also encouraged us. Uskudar-Kadıköy We started tours between. We attract great attention, ”he said.