Hotel construction in Turkey at an all-time high with 75 projects in the pipeline

Posted on 28th August 2015

Hotel construction in Turkey is at an all-time high with 75 projects and 12,968 new rooms in the pipeline, a new report has revealed.

The report, by leading global hotel projects database Tophotelprojects, comes on the back of a 70 per cent increase in interest from Turkish manufacturers looking to exhibit at the 16th annual The Hotel Show Dubai this year, set to take place in the UAE emirate in September, according to tradearabia news report.

“The increase in representation of local Turkish manufacturers looking to showcase their products to hoteliers and target distributors in Dubai is interesting and could be encouraged by buoyant hotel construction in that country,” said Christine Davidson, group event director of the dmg events hospitality portfolio including The Hotel Show. “It is clear that these suppliers have their eye firmly on expansion and increasing exports and we are delighted to have such a strong contingency at the show this year.”

Turkey is now the sixth most visited country in the world with 41 million tourists in 2014, and its robust manufacturing industry including leather and textiles attracts a significant amount of international business travel. In 2015, Starwood Hotels and Resorts opened a new Sheraton hotel in Samsun, a city famed for its manufacturing businesses as well as providing a major port to the Black Sea. Hilton is set to open two properties in Eskisehir, another Turkish business centre.

The Tophotelprojects report puts Turkey in third place in the Middle East for hotel construction, behind only the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Caroline List, international sales manager at Tophotelprojects, said: “Turkey has emerged as a leading tourist destination with a massive growth in hotel construction. Trends we have witnessed for the Turkish market include recreational complexes, which can also be used for day trips, as well as hotels with spa facilities. Hotel construction is rife in Istanbul, which currently hosts over 800 properties and 50,000 rooms, but there is a clear move towards the regional cities popular for manufacturing companies including Samsun, Eskisehir, Ankara, and Izmir.”

Over 30 Turkish manufacturers are set to arrive in Dubai in September for The Hotel Show including Elemegi Furniture & Design, an architectural company; Porland Porselen, a leading Turkish porcelain manufacturer; and Dok-San, one of the largest home textiles manufacturers in the country, among others.

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