Turkey's first submarine trips aim to revive tourism in AntalyaStaff writer ▼ | February 17, 2016
As Turkey seeks to support its tourism industry, one Antalya-based firm has hit upon a novel idea to keep people coming to the coast: A 48-seat submarine.
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The chairman of IHS Travel and Touristfly, the company behind the ambitious $4-million scheme, told Anadolu Agency that they “wanted to bring a new and different alternative to the sector and this project came to our minds.”
“I believe it will revive the tourism industry. We are very hopeful about the project,” said Yunus Emre Yavuzyigit.
The guided underwater tours could start in April from the coastal city of Alanya.
The underwater adventures will continue throughout 11 months of the year and the company plans to enlarge the underwater tours over the coming years.
“We plan to buy more submarines to start tours in the Aegean and the Marmara Sea as well in 2017,” added Yavuzyigit.
The project comes as Turkey witnesses a decline in the number of foreign visitors from Russia and Europe in 2015. According to data released by the Tourism Ministry last month, foreign tourist arrivals dropped by around 1.61 percent compared to the same period of 2014. ■