Economy of Antalya
In the city of Antalya, tourism, commerce and agriculture is at the forefront of economic activities whereas industry has also shown progress in the recent period. Apart from this, animal husbandry and mining are among the economic activities carried out to a lesser extent in Antalya compared to other sectors.
Agriculture: Antalya’s economy is based on agriculture and tourism. Many agricultural produce are grown in its fertile soil. Wheat, barley and oats are the most cultivated produce. In addition, cotton, sesame, onion, peanuts, chickpeas, and other vegetables are grown over an area of 35 thousand hectares. It is the most developed province in greenhouse cultivation. They cover an area of 32 thousand hectares, where tomatoes, peppers, beans, eggplants, cucumbers, melons and watermelons are grown. These are then sold domestically and abroad. It is very advanced in fruit cultivation. The province where the largest amount of bananas and oranges are grown is Antalya. Tangerines, lemons and grapefruits are important source of income in Antalya. Olive cultivation is quite developed. Apples, pears, plums, quinces, peaches, apricots, grapes, spindles, carobs, cranberries and other fruits are cultivated.
Antalya has the highest utilisation of irrigation, fertilisation, pesticides and modern agricultural vehicles in Turkey. It is also wealthy in forestry production. One-fourth of resin production in Turkey takes place in Antalya. Timber and mast production is quiet high. The planting of avocado and pecan trees is seriously considered.
Animal Husbandry: Animal husbandry is underdeveloped due to a decrease in pasture land. While the number of goats and sheep is decreasing, the number of cattle is increasing. Antalya is also rich in terms of fishing. Among the sorts of fish that can be found are groupers, leers, coral fish, lobster and sea bream, prawns, cuttlefish, squid and octopus.
Mines: Antalya possesses over abundant underground resources, but only chromium, boride, aluminium and manganese are extracted in small amounts. Bauxite, phosphate, bituminous schist and marble deposits are not yet processed.
Transportation: Antalya has one of the densest transportation networks. There are continuous bus services from Istanbul, Izmir, Ankara and other major cities to Antalya. Antalya and its districts have a well-developed road network. The Port of Antalya receives ships of various sizes and tonnage. This port also holds an important place in the export and import of local goods. The harbours of Alanya, Fenike and Kaş are open to seafaring the whole year. Antalya Airport receives more than 11 million tourists each year. Work is ongoing to increase this capacity even further.
Important Institutions in the Economy of Antalya:
- Antalya Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ATSO): http://www.atso.org.tr/
- Antalya Organised Industrial Zone (AOSB): http://www.antalyaosb.org.tr/
- Antalya Mediterranean Hoteliers Union (AKTOB): http://www.aktob.org.tr/