Polish influx of Palandökene

Polish influx to Palandökene: Four years ago, the Winter Games in Erzurum attracted European ski lovers to Palandöken. Can Dikmen, the owner of the Xanadu Snow White Hotel, said: "The interest of Polish tourists in particular is great."

Palandöken, which has become a star in winter tourism recently, was flooded by Poles. Approximately 2014 thousand skiers from the country are expected this year for Palandöken, which cried 4 thousand 500 Polish tourists in 6. ETF Tourism / Xanadu Snow White Chairman Can Dikmen said that Palandöken has begun to become the center of winter tourism. Dikmen said, “The region was recognized with the Winter Games held in Erzurum four years ago. With the hosting of the 2019 European Youth Winter Olympic Festival (EYOF), it has increased its domestic and international awareness ”. Stressing that Palandöken has become a favorite of especially Polish tourists, Dikmen stated that tourists coming from the Russian, Ukrainian, Iranian and Middle Eastern markets follow this. Stressing that nearly 40 percent of the foreign tourists coming to Erzurum are hosted in their hotels, Dikmen said, “Our hotel, which we opened in the 2011-2012 season, soon became one of the best known businesses in the region in terms of both physical and service. "Our investments such as artificial snow making and runway lighting have also had an impact on this success."

Stating that they divided the season in Palandöken into two as summer and winter, Dikmen said, “Last year, we closed the winter season that started on December 1, 2013 and lasted until March 31, 2014 with 72 percent occupancy. The average occupancy rate of the summer season is around 55 percent ”. Stating that they have set a target occupancy of 85 percent this winter, Dikmen noted that this high expectation is due to the increase in the domestic market. Dikmen said: “The interest of the domestic market increases exponentially every year. Despite the low rainfall last year, our region was good. But there was no surge in the number of tourists. I think we are collecting the fruits of this this year. "

Stating that Erzurum has a bed capacity of approximately 2, Dikmen stated that the region needs 500 more beds. Dikmen said, “There are two ski centers in Erzurum, Konaklı and Palandöken. The bed supply is insufficient, especially in Konaklı. The region needs new investors, ”he said.

Dikmen said that Xanadu Snow White Hotel has a total of 12 thousand meters long natural and 2 thousand 500 meters long artificial snow tracks. Dikmen said, “We also have an 800-meter sled track and chairlift units with a capacity of 200 people. also with international safety standards that we have in Turkey the FIS (Federation Internationale de Ski) -approved only private ski slopes us, "he said.