TUI has made this announcement:
- Around 1.5 million guests expected at Turkey’s beach resorts this season
- Dutch Boeing 737-8 named Antalya
- Vice-Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey, Mr. Nadir Alparslan, the Vice-Governor of Antalya, Mr. Suat Seyitoglu and Mayor of Antalya Mr. Muhittin Böcek attended the name-giving ceremony
- World Champion gymnast, Ayşe Begüm Onbaşı (below), becomes godmother
This summer TUI plans to bring around 1.5 million customers to Turkey – increasing its capacity across all markets compared to 2019 levels. One million of these customers will be traveling to Antalya and as a key destination to TUI’s growth strategy, it’s naming one of its newest aircraft Antalya.
The official name-giving ceremony took place at Antalya Airport, with World Champion gymnast, Ayşe Begüm Onbaşı selected as godmother of the aircraft.
Traveling from Amsterdam as flight OR8903, the aircraft with the registration PH-TFO touched down at 12:45. The naming ceremony was addressed by local TUI representatives and TUI Netherlands Managing Director Arjan Kers, who accompanied the guests from the Netherlands on the naming flight.
Vice-Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey, Mr. Nadir Alparslan, the Vice-Governor of Antalya, Mr. Suat Seyitoglu and Mayor of Antalya Mr. Muhittin Böcek were at the airport to greet the plane, together with other representatives of Turkish tourism and hotel associations, TUI’s hotel partners and local media.
TUI is modernizing its airline with new aircraft and to emphazize its long-term partnerships with tourist destinations, is naming its new Boeing 737- 8 aircraft after destinations.
TUI offers over 600 hotels in Antalya. Across whole of Turkey TUI has 26 properties in its Hotels & Resorts portfolio – including TUI Blue, Robinson, and TUI Magic Life. 16 of these Hotels & Resorts properties are in Antalya.
TUI announced this week its global hotel brand TUI Blue is again focusing on expansion and aims to grow to 300+ hotels. Antalya is one of the regions where TUI hopes to expand the brand and an important driver for the future growth strategy are international partners who will operate TUI Blue hotels under management and franchise agreements.