The number of tourists taking hot air balloon tours in the sky of central Turkey’s popular tourism destination Cappadocia increased by 63 percent in 2018, according to data by tne Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
A total of 537,500 tourists took the hot air balloon rides in 2018, boosting tourism revenueof the country almost €70 million ($80 million).
There are 25 hot air balloon agencies in Cappadocia, where 100 balloons are allowed to take off in one go, sometimes 50 more balloons later in the day depending on the weather conditions.
The hot–air balloon tour price is ranging from €120 ($136) to €150 ($180) depending on the duration.
Mustafa Durmaz, an official from Cappadocia Tourism Development Cooperation, said hotair balloon tours in Cappadocia attract more tourists compared to the others in different countries.
“2018 was excellent in terms of tourism and the hot air balloon sector in Cappadocia. Almost 90 percent of the visitors wanted to take the balloon ride,” Durmaz said.
“It makes a great contribution to the economy, and it also provides employment opportunity in the region,” he added.
Cappadocia, located in the Anatolian region of Turkey, is preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage site and is famous for its chimney rocks, hot air balloon trips, underground cities and boutique hotels carved into rocks.