Papillon’s 25th Anniversary
A Quarter-Century Journey in Tourism
In 1992, one of Turkey’s leading investments arose on the Mediterranean Coast. Surrounded by the green crowns of pine trees and beaches with golden sands, with a backdrop of the Taurus Mountains this burgeoning ‘smokeless industry’ was to have an important role in Turkey’s future. Even just a few decades earlier, many Europeans knew Turkey only as the origin of the Turkish Blend tobacco in their cigarettes: many believed that Turkey was a desert country where camels roamed. It has been 25 years since this first investment – considered a crazy idea back when the number of tourists visiting Turkey was 6 million. Today, more than 30 million tourists come to Turkey. In this 25-year period, no country in our geography has approached such a success story in tourism. Since our very first Papillon, which witnessed the early days of Turkish tourism, we have expanded with three different hotels. Designed to complement the stunning nature in Belek, each hotel is thematically distinctive, from Papillon Belvil – defining “Sports, Family and Children” – to Papillon Zeugma, with the theme of “Luxury Rest“. Papillon Sports Centre, preferred by sports teams from across the world, was brought into service to develop four-season tourism in our country. We greet our guests with the world-class standard RebornSPA, available to guests in all our hotels, and with innovations that reflect our superior service understanding in all areas. We look forward to welcoming our valued guests for 25 more years and beyond, in Belek, the Riviera of Turkey.
To show our appreciation and thanks to you, our guests who have accompanied us throughout our journey, we have worked even harder during this special year. We welcome you with our exclusively adorned hotel and our 25th-year special galas, concept parties and theme evenings, as well as many special activities! We hope you enjoy it!
We Want Our 25th Year to be Even More Special for Our Valued Guests
This is a very special year. Accordingly, we have worked with excitement and enthusiasm up to the very last minute – our opening day – to make this year even more special!
We renewed all our hotels!
The Papillon Ayscha and Papillon Zeugma hotels were completely renewed in 2014 and 2015. Our rooms at the Papillon Belvil hotel were renewed in 2018 as part of our 25th Anniversary preparations. All our hotels are ready for this exciting year, and we are looking forward to welcoming you!
We’re hosting 25th Anniversary Gala Nights!
Unlike previous years, our 25th anniversary will take place twice a week. You will have the opportunity to taste delicious new flavours specific to this year, in addition to the finest dishes of international cuisines. Enjoy a special cocktail in the Mediterranean breeze, along with our 25th year special events. In addition to our gala nights, our guests will experience our 25th year special programs.
We’re hosting sports tournaments!
Since this year is also an Olympic year, we have organized weekly Papillon Olympic Games events. As we are a hotel chain that serves national and international sports clubs, nothing less is expected from us. We will also provide you with a better preparation for Olympic Games events, with tournaments held in all sports branches, three days a week.
We’re hosting theme parties at each hotel!
The ceremony kicks off with a parade of the legendary Harley Davidson motorcycles, and continues with concept parties, starting with the Rock&Bike by Harley Davidson Party. Guests can examine the motorcycles close up, accompanied by rock music and stage shows. Our Pier Party concept features Cuban dancers and DJs, plus light shows at the platforms on the pier.
Tourism during the last 25 years…
- In the 1990s, the number of tourists worldwide was 500 million; today it is 1.3 billion.
- In the 90s, the number of tourists visiting Turkey was 6 million; today it is 30 million.
- Of all the regional nations hosting more than 5 million tourists, Turkey is the only one that could attain a five-fold increase from the 1990s.
As Papillon Hotels, we have set our goals for the next 25 years in this, our 25th year. We hope to see all our guests, who have supported us throughout our journey, over the coming 25 years!