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Sunday, 28 June 2020 01:00

1. KTLN Kalkan Survey 2020 - visitor demographics

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Although we believe our survey sample is probably representative of most non-Turkish visitors to Kalkan, the following numbers and percentages relate to our survey sample only

In our analysis, we may extrapolate the data where we believe it makes sense.

We had 552 responses this year.  Thank you if you took part.

Remember that the majority of our 552 respondents represent a household or group of people.  We estimate the total number of people represented is over 1,700. 

Some percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.

We hope you enjoy looking at the results of the survey.

KTLN Kalkan Survey 2020
The majority of people have been coming to Kalkan for many years, which confirms how much of a loyalty factor there is in Kalkan. 

First timers only make up 1% of respondents - slightly fewer than the last survey in 2016 (2%). 

KTLN Kalkan Survey 2020

94% of respondents had been to Kalkan in 2019 or early 2020.  This means that views expressed in this survey are given with the benefit of recent experience.

KTLN Kalkan Survey 2020

A similar profile to last year.  Around 56% of our respondents walk, despite the hills (the same as the last survey).  And 25% rented a vehicle, compared to 28% in the 2016 survey.

64% of residents have their own transport (2016: 62%).

KTLN Kalkan Survey 2020

How can we put this - let's just say Kalkan attracts the more mature individual.  People aged over 50 make up 89% of all respondents.  (2016 survey: 86%; 2010 survey: 64%)  Note the increase in the proportion of over 50s from 64% in our 2010 survey to 86% in this year's survey.

KTLN Kalkan Survey 2020

Given the age profile, it is not surprising to see that 44% of visitors are retired.  The proportion of retired people is increasing year on year.  (2016: 37%  2010: 28%).

Your nationality

Here is a breakdown of those who took part in the survey:

UK England 86%
UK Scotland 6%
UK Wales 2%
UK NI 2%
Others 4%

British people account for 96% of our survey sample.  This has stayed fairly constant since our first survey back in 2010.

KTLN Kalkan Survey 2020

For around 94%, it's basic or nothing at all.  No real change on previous surveys.  For those foreigners who live here more than half a year, 31% claim to be fluent or have a good vocabulary (2016: 24%).

KTLN Kalkan Survey 2020

The overall distribution remains fairly constant year on year but there have been some interesting changes, as shown in the chart below. 

KTLN Kalkan Survey 2020

If you are not familiar with the different areas of Kalkan, take a look at the map in our Kalkan Town Location Code page.


When in Kalkan, typically, how many people in total, are in your group/household?

59% of visitors are couples, (2016: 58%); 15% travel in a group of 4, (2016: 19%).  Single travellers make up just 3% of visitors, (2016: 4%).


When in Kalkan, typically, how many people under the age of 16, are in your group/household?

86% of respondents had no children under 16 in their group.  (2016: 89%).


When in Kalkan, typically, how many people with significant mobility issues, are in your group/household?

About 9% had significant mobility issues, (2016: 8%).


Where do you consider your main residence to be?

UK England 80%
UK Scotland 6%
UK Wales 2%
UK NI 2%
Turkey 7%
Other 3%

90% of respondents are based in the UK.  That's the same as our last survey.


KTLN Kalkan Survey 2020

When we started running our surveys back in 2010, quite a few people who were technically resident in Kalkan (i.e. living in Turkey for more than half a year), renewed their visa every 3 months, rather than obtaining residency.  That's not happening any more, due to the new 90/180 day visa rules which were introduced in February 2012.

All foreign residents now have formal residency permission compared to 82% in 2011, and just 30% in 2010. 


If applicable, for how many years has Kalkan been your main residence?

It seems that Kalkan really started to become a place to come and live in the last fifteen years or so, and not much before.  Some 67% of foreign residents started living here within the last 10 years.


KTLN Kalkan Survey 2020

For those who are resident in Kalkan 44% have SGK cover; 39% have private health cover; 17% have no cover at all.

Looking at visitors only, (excluding residents), 84% take out travel insurance, 14% have other health insurance to cover them, whilst around 2% travel without any kind of health insurance.

More survey results:

  1. Visitor demographics - a profile of foreigners in Kalkan (this report)
  2. Coming to Kalkan - how you get here and where you stay (to be published on Monday 29th June)
  3. Property ownership (to be published on Monday 29th June)
  4. Your views on Kalkan (to be published on Tuesday 30th June)

The survey findings and analysis are subject to copyright, which belongs to Kalkan Turkish Local News.  However, we appreciate that people may want to discuss and comment upon the findings. 

We do not have a problem with individuals sharing this information, however we would respectfully ask that our work is not simply copied and pasted on to other websites.

If any other website wishes to comment or report on the survey, we are happy for them to do so, but would ask for credit to be given to Kalkan Turkish Local News, with a link back to KTLN placed on their website.


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