Snow in Uludağ was early, reservations rained fast: Snow fell early on Uludağ, one of the favorite centers of skiing and winter tourism, known as the “white paradise”, and reservations in the facilities accelerated before the season started.
In Uludağ, which has a capacity of approximately 22 thousand beds in 6 private accommodation facilities in the first and second residential areas, excluding public guesthouses, December reservations have already reached 50-60 percent. The hotels in Uludağ, which is planned to start the winter season on December 15-20, are expected to reach 100 percent occupancy at the beginning of the year.
Turkey Travel Agencies Association (TÜRSAB) South Marmara Region Executive Board Chairman Mehmet Akkus, AA correspondent, he Uludag this year's net profit early fall and the "hotel zone" of the snow thickness, he said reached 35 centimeters.
Emphasizing that the snow falling early this year in Uludağ brought reservations, Akkuş continued as follows:
“This year, very nice reservations started to be made in Uludağ due to the early snow. According to requests from our agencies, there is currently 50-60 percent occupancy only in December. Last year we had a bad luck, a misfortune. There was no snow in Uludağ at the beginning of the year, reservation cancellations occurred. This saddened us a lot, but now we are getting very nice reservations with early snow and Uludağ becoming a very beautiful attraction. On the New Year, I hope we will achieve 100 percent occupancy in Uludağ, if God wills. I do not think there will be a gap. "
- "We started to get very serious reservations from the Middle East"
The region's skiing and winter tourism center not only in Bursa, Turkey Akkus explaining that brand and they try to become a global brand, Uludag emphasized that the increased interest of foreign tourists in recent years.
Noting that there are interesting differences in the profile of foreign tourists this year and stating that Arab tourists who visited Uludağ mostly in summer in the past years will show up in the winter season, Akkuş made the following evaluations:
“In the past, our Uludağ really focused on Russian tourism, they came more from Russia and Ukraine. This year, we started getting very serious reservations from the Middle East. In other words, we always told our Arab guests in the Middle East about Uludağ and talked about Uludağ. We told about the cable car. We said that they will go up to the 'hotel zone' with the cable car. In other words, we said that when you get on from Bursa city center, the cable car will reach your hotel in Uludağ. These also appealed to the Arabs. That's why we are getting very good demands about the Middle East right now. "
Stating that tourists who make reservations from Middle Eastern countries, especially Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, know Bursa closely, Akkuş stated that there will be more Arab tourists in Uludağ.
Akkus, this year's Christmas and the high school holiday expectations in the half-year voicing, adding that if they continue this way, the snowfall is full of predicted that the season will be spent.
- All hotels will be opened on December 15-20
Haluk Beceren, President of the South Marmara Tourism and Hotel Operators Association (GÜMTOB), stated that the snowfall in Uludağ started a week earlier this year compared to the previous years, but the hotels have not yet opened their doors for customer acceptance.
Noting that the season will start on 15-20 December as scheduled and all accommodation facilities will begin to serve, Beceren said, "If we can train them, we will open 1-2 mechanical facilities by the end of this week."
Mentioning that reservations in hotels in Uludağ accelerated with snowfall, Beceren noted that they received reservations from Russia, Ukraine and Arab countries, as well as domestic tourists.
Snow thickness in the "hotels zone" has reached 35 centimeters after the last week's intermittent rainfall. In the region where the temperature is below zero at night and 5 degrees in the daytime, snowfall will take effect again as of November 4. Uludağ stands out as the region with the highest snow thickness among ski resorts as of November 29th.