Turkey no longer a preferred destination for Russians

Published on : Tuesday, December 1, 2015

TurkeybeachesNo matter how much Turkey tourism tries to woo Russian tourists there is a  feeling of mistrust grown among Russian tour operators as the Russian government has stated in many words that it has lost faith over Turkey and Egypt after Flights to Egypt were halted in early November, following a terror attack on a plane full of Russian tourists.


Russia feels that the safety and security of its people is more important than the visiting beaches of Turkey. Russians have lost faith and interest in Turkey and are looking forward to visiting new destinations.  Turkey was the top choice by far for Russians – attracting 3.2 million tourists; 2.6 million travelled to Egypt in 2014.


Russia feels there is a breach of trust and Turkey can no longer be trusted as a friend owing to its bias towards the terrorists.


Russian tour operators and tourists are supporting the government’s decision and will refrain from visiting the place until the situation is resolved.



Agencies selling Turkish tours have been warned to face sanctions. Russia’s Federal Tourism Agency argues the ban will have a “hugely positive” impact on domestic tourism. However Russia has poor infrastructure. Other European destinations like Spain and Greece are being sought as alternatives. Asian destinations like Thailand and Vietnam are also being projected as good destinations for tourists.


However weak rouble has created less spending power among tourists. The need for visas will mean a drop in sales in the provinces. Also the public support for travel restriction will only become completely visible in spring which is the ideal time to visit Turkey.

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