Since tourism began in Turkey, Bodrum has been one of the country’s best-known destinations. Since the 1970s, the small peninsula on the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas is firmly on the visitor map, attracting tourists from around the country and all over the world. However, Bodrum is now entering a new phase, transforming from a busy tourist hub to an international destination, known for its stylish architecture, top marina facilities and exclusive resorts. We look at the reasons helping Bodrum enter a new phase of development, and why everyone from big name hotels in Bodrum to top architects and educational institutes are all vying for a stake in Bodrum. The news that Turkish Airlines is launching direct flights to Bodrum Milas Airport is considered a game changer within Turkey’s tourist industry.
Until now, as with other small towns in Turkey, international flights were charter flights, made-to-order flights by package holiday operators like Thomson and Thomas Cook, with spare seats sold to tourists. The new Turkish Airlines route from Gatwick to Bodrum has sent a message that Bodrum is well and truly on the map as far as international visitors are concerned. The move was undoubtedly a reaction to a huge jump in interest in Turkish holidays. Turkish Airlines boss Celal Baykal agrees, saying that Bodrum and the UK go way back. “We’re delighted to be able to launch this new route, as Turkey is set to welcome back thousands of British holidaymakers this summer. We know Bodrum holds a fond place in British hearts with many owning second homes in the coastal town and we’re pleased to be making it that bit easier to enjoy.” Property Turkey director says the new routes are a reflection Turkey’s rebounding popularity with UK visitors, and the growing interest in Bodrum and wider Turkey. “The fact that Turkish Airlines recognises Bodrum as an international destination shows that this part of Turkey is entering a new phase. It’s a great sign of things to come for the local economy, tourism, and investment.”