Turkey is the sixth-most expensive country in the Mediterranean and as a result may lose its competitiveness according to a study conducted by weekly Turkish magazine Ekonomist, Turkish Daily News (TDN) reported on Wednesday.
Turkey ranked only slightly more expensive at 1,335 euros than its EU neighbor, Bulgaria at 1,355 euros for transport-inclusive packages.
France ranks first among both transport-exclusive and transport-inclusive package tours, with 2,301 euros for transport-inclusive packages, TDN reported citing a comparison made using data provided by Neckermann Reisen, the second-biggest budget tour operator in Europe, and Expedia, a popular online tour operator.
The data revealed that Turkey is also more expensive than Egypt, Tunisia and Bulgaria in transport-excluded deals.
The data is based on the expenses of a family of four with early reservations for a one-week vacation at al all-inclusive four- or five-staff coastal resort.
Turkey, Spain, Portugal and Greece provide the most suitable and varied options for “all-inclusive” deals, the figures revealed. The research also showed that the “all-inclusive” concept applied in Turkey is not widely is in use in other countries.
Turkey is 30 percent cheaper than Spain, where it is difficult to find 5-star “all-inclusive” hotels, in terms of accommodation and 19.9 percent cheaper in terms of accommodation and transport.