Hotel occupancy rate in Turkey reaches nearly 75 pct

By Tuba Sahin

ANKARA (AA) – Hotel occupancy rate across Turkey reached 74.9 percent last month, the Turkish Hotel Association (TUROB) reported on Wednesday.

According to TUROB's report based on a survey conducted by data and analysis company STR Global, the figure rose 7.1 percent in July, compared to the same month last year.

Average daily rate for rooms also rose 11.9 percent and reached €87.9 ($103) during the same period.

In the first seven months of the year, the hotel occupancy rate and revenue per available room across Turkey surged 15.7 percent and 25.2 percent, respectively. Thus Turkey posted the highest increase among all European destinations.

Hotel occupancy rate in Istanbul, Turkey's largest city by population, saw a rise of 8.7 percent to reach nearly 80 percent, thanks to tourists from Middle Eastern countries, the statement read.

The rate in the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya also went up to 76.9 percent last month, compared to 73.3 percent in July 2017.