Published on : Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Numan Kurtulmuş, Culture and Tourism Minister of Turkey anticipated that the country will host more than 6 million Russian tourists this year. To quote the minister as informed to the state-run Anadolu Agency during a recent visit to Moscow, “It seems that the number of tourists coming from Russia will exceed the 6 million figure in 2018, when we look at early booking figures of the tour operators that dominate the Russian market.” He also explained that he met twenty tour operators side by side with the 25th Moscow International Travel and Tourism Exhibition.
“Recently a very serious political crisis was experienced [between Turkey and Russia],” Kurtulmuş noted, as highlighting that there is “no alienation between the people of both countries.”“The most concrete example of this is the 2017 tourist figures,” he said, emphasizing that 4.7 million Russian tourists visited Turkey last year.
Also, Kurtulmuş claimed that Russia is working on resuming visa-free travel for Turks, which was postponed after a Russian military jet was shot down by Turkey over an airspace violation in November 2015.“We have requested this. I see an understanding on this issue and hope we will get the result,” he said, in conflict that this would be “in the interests of Russia and Turkey.” Also, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov confirmed that Moscow and Ankara had discussed the visa issue.