The operational car rental sector, which completed the year 2020, which is a preparation for the post-pandemic period, with an investment of 9 billion and the purchase of 44 thousand new vehicles, is hopeful for increased mobility and postponed holiday demands. Pointing to the optimistic atmosphere in the tourism sector, which is directly related to many sectors in Turkey, Europcar Turkey General Manager Fırat Fidan stated that the intense early booking demands from both abroad and domestically gave hints that the contraction in Turkey would come to an end. Emphasizing that there has been an increase in the number of people who prefer to rent a car with the increase in the understanding of boutique holidays along with the pandemic process, Fidan stated that this table is important in the fight against the epidemic as well as an opportunity for the car rental industry.
2021 make up; 2022 acceleration time
Stating that there was a shrinkage of around 60 percent in the car rental sector in 2020, Fidan said, “The year 2020, when the pandemic emerged, was quite challenging for our sector. We can talk about a visible movement in the tourism sector, but it is worth noting that the problems still continue. The number of employees is 115 thousand compared to the pre-epidemic. Despite everything, it can be thought that 2021 will be a year of recovery with the spread of vaccination and the increase in demand in the second half. ” Fidan continued his words as follows:
“When we compare the first 6 months of 2021 with the previous year, it is possible to say that the current year will be more positive. With the opening in July 2020, the summer season was completed by responding to high demands. For the summer period of this year, we expect domestic and international demand to be twice as much as last year. In 2022, we foresee that we will catch up with the old accelerations as the sector.”
Keeps automotive sales alive
In the car rental sector in Turkey, around 17 thousand vehicles were purchased in the first 5 months of 2021; Pointing out that the sector is of great importance for the automotive sector, which is the locomotive of Turkey with its acquisitions, Fidan said, “Although the exchange rate movements in the automotive sector, the credit interest rates that are currently showing a rising trend and the SCT regulation cause decreases in new vehicle sales, car rental companies continue to buy became one of the biggest supporters of the automotive industry with its acquisitions. In the car rental sector, the sales of 26 thousand vehicles from the fleets of the companies in the first 5 months of 2021 helped to keep the second-hand market alive.
“Caravan industry can grow with tax change
Pointing out that despite the increasing interest in caravan tourism, caravan ownership is quite costly due to the current situation due to the taxation system, Fidan mentioned that if the SCT in the caravan falls to the level of commercial vehicle taxes, it can have very important returns for Turkey. Fidan added that as TOKKDER, they applied for the legal regulation to overcome the high SCT in the caravan for the disabled. Fidan stated that due to the tax disadvantage, the rental caravan option offers economical solutions to holidaymakers, especially for holiday purposes.