The number of visitors in Erciyes exceeded 1 million: Chairman of the Board of Directors of Erciyes AŞ Cıngı: “More than 4 million people visited Erciyes Mountain Ski Center within 1 months. Although we had a dry period, the number of visitors increased compared to last year ”
Kayseri Metropolitan Municipality Erciyes AŞ Chairman of the Board Murat Cahit Cıngı stated that they have closed the season at Erciyes Ski Center and said, “More than 4 million people visited Erciyes Mountain Ski Center in 1 months. Although we had a dry period, the number of visitors increased compared to last year. ”
Cıngı told AA correspondent that they had a very good season this year in Erciyes. Despite the fact that the drought prevailed throughout the country, Cıngı stated that the increase in the number of skiers and visitors coming to Erciyes compared to last year was a pleasing situation and emphasized that the drought positively reflected to Erciyes.
Only that experienced shortages of the snow in many ski resort in Turkey is not European Cıngı striking, she said:
"Especially ski lovers due to the drought in Turkey was forced to choose to do Erciyes skiing. Uludag, Kartalkaya Davraz as snow shortage of Turkey's most important ski centers yaşanınca ski lovers flocked to Erciyes. Because we opened the season at the beginning of December in Erciyes and skiing for 4 months was possible. We produced 147 thousand cubic meters of snow on an area of 1 million 700 thousand square meters with 243 artificial snow machines. Last season, 143 thousand 290 skiers came, this season increased by 6 percent and reached 151 thousand 230 people. There was also a 14 percent increase in the number of sledges. Last year, 186 thousand sledgers came, this season was 212 thousand. ”
In addition, Cıngı stated that many people came to Erciyes for a day trip and a picnic. “In total, more than 4 million people visited Erciyes Mountain Ski Center in 1 months. Although we had a dry period, the number of visitors and skiers increased compared to last year. "This showed us how accurate the Erciyes Winter Sports and Tourism Center Project is," he said.
Cıngı, who stated that there are a lot of skiers and visitors coming to Erciyes from Istanbul this season in particular, emphasized that local tourists coming to Kayseri in one hour can reach Erciyes Ski Center from the airport in 20 minutes, and this convenience is an important factor for rock lovers to prefer Erciyes. .
- An alternative to the Alps, Erciyes
Cıngı, who stated that they have organized weekly trips to Erciyes this season as a result of their meetings with tour operators last year, said: “A tour package was created for Kayseri, Erciyes and Cappadocia triangle. Approximately 100 foreign tourists came from the Netherlands and Belgium every week. About a thousand tourists visited Erciyes at the end of the season. It is very important for us to increase foreign interest in Erciyes. Because Erciyes has now moved from local to global. We are trying to present Erciyes as an alternative to the Alps, Switzerland, Austria and France line. ”
- Ski teams made their races in Erciyes
Cıngı stated that due to the shortage of snow in the ski resorts, he had to postpone many races in the Ski Federation's calendar and that some teams had the provincial first races in Erciyes. “Even the teams did their training in Erciyes. With our snowblowers, we managed to keep the tracks open all the time. This attracted both skiers and professional teams to Erciyes. "It was very effective for the promotion of Kayseri and Erciyes."