Tourism and the local holiday rental market in Turkey’s Antalya region received a shot in the arm at the start of November when the country hosted its first ever golf Open in the resort of Belek.
The event was welcomed by property-owners in and around Belek, which is less than an hour from Antalya Airport, as demand for accommodation during the event rose. Even without the Open, around 135,000 golfers play more than 471,000 rounds at Belek each year, so it’s unsurprising that recent figures by Turkey’s Ministry and Culture showed Antalya, along with Istanbul and Mugla, to be one of Turkey’s most popular destinations. Ministry stats also revealed that the number of tourists welcomed to Turkey between January and September this year represented a 10.09 per cent increase compared to the same period the previous year, and in September alone tourism numbers increased 6.9 per cent year-on-year.
Turkey’s first Turkish Airlines Open, which took place at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal golf club 7th-10th November, was won by Frenchman Victor Dubuisson, who walked away with the bumper prize of $7million.
Proof of Belek’s growing prominence came earlier this year when a new Club Med resort was opened there. Club Med, a globally recognized holiday brand, is known for having resorts in the world’s most desirable destinations – the new Club Med Belek highlights how the Turkish resort can complete with other top resorts around the world, making it an idea place to own a lettable property in Turkey.
Club Med Belek is next to the Lykia Links club – ranked No. 1 golf course in Turkey by Golf World magazine in 2012 – and has been designated the flagship of Club Med Business resorts, thanks to its access to golf, premium accommodation and state-of-the-art facilities, including a spectacular 550-seat amphitheatre.
Meanwhile, Belek was named ‘Europe’s Best Golf Destination’ at the Golf Magazine Awards earlier this year. Turkey’s prominence on the global golfing stage is growing each year and hosting international tournaments not only raises awareness of Belek globally, but also adds value to the local property market. Unlike golf resorts in other popular expat destinations, homes in Belek are not built integrated into the golf courses, which means fairways aren’t overlooked by lines of apartments or townhouses.
Most properties for sale are situated on small complexes off the main road running along the coast between the town centres of Belek and Kadriye, or on plots around these two town centres.