Turkey all geared up to attract Russian visitors

Published on : Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Russian visitorsOf late, Turkey is all set to win back Russian visitors, with growing number of tourists tenfold in the first half of 2017.

“The flow of tourists to Turkey increased significantly this year due to lifting restrictions that were introduced earlier for charter flights. We estimate that about 1.6 million people have visited Turkey in the first six months, while there were just 168,000 people in the same period last year,” Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak told Rossiya 24 news channel.

As per Novak, tourism is necessary in creating relations between the two nations and Russia is keen in Turkish tourism growth.

From November 2015, Charter flights between the two countries were interrupted for approximately nine months after Turkey gun down a Russian jet plane in Syria. This caused 90 percent decline in visitors from Russia in the initial months of 2016. Turkish tourism witnessed a $15 billion loss in 2016, as per the information of Turizm Data Bank.
Moscow-Ankara relations started to get better after Erdogan, the Turkish President made an apology for the incident.

Previous to the difference, Russian tourist numbers scored second place to Germans pouring into Turkey. Turkey is dependent on tourism which accounts for 6.2 percent of the GDP and eight percent of service.

In the month of August, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has taken off the prohibition on charter air services between Russia and Turkey.

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