Türkiye to consider using AI to lure tourists

 Monday, August 21, 2023 


The use of AI is spreading, which also has consequences for the tourism industry.

The global tourism sector has entered a new era where AI will affect how people chose holiday destinations, Yağcı said, noting that some tour operators are already using this technology.

In an environment where the competition among countries to attract holidaymakers is increasingly intensifying Türkiye should focus on how to use AI, he said.

When travellers ask ChatGPT where they should go for holiday, the answer they get should not be Greece or Spain but Türkiye. They need to get ChatGPT to say it.

Consumers’ preferences are fast changing when AI is widely used, and Türkiye should adapt to this changing environment.

Yağcı cited other reasons as to why hotel occupancy rates remained low in the past months.

Türkiye’s hotels, accommodation facilities have 1.5 million bed capacity, which is too high, he said.

Global recession and inflation in source markets also had an impact as people started to prefer shorter holidays, he said.

Room prices rose in Türkiye last year, but it did not stop tourist from coming to Türkiye because there was this phenomenon called ‘revenge travel’.

The positive effects of revenge holiday died away in 2023, while at the same time other strong competitors, such as Spain, Greece, Italy were back in the game, Yağcı explained.

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