700,000 Russian tourists are expected to visit Turkey

“Turkey will draw 500,000 to 700,000 Russian tourists until the end of this season if all technical difficulties in the Russian market can be sort out and charter flights return to normal," Osman Ayık, the Head of Turkey's Hoteliers Federation (TÜROFED), said.

700,000 Russian tourists are expected to visit Turkey

World Bulletin / News Desk

Over half a million Russian holiday makers are expected to be in Turkey's southern coastal parts until the end of 2016 tourim season if charter flights from Moscow increase shortly, according to Turkey's tourism watchdog.

“This figure is roughly amount to 5 to 6 percent occupancy as a whole. So, it can help the rise of occupancy in the facilities to 80-85 percent during the whole of this season," Ayık suggested. “But, it depends on whether or not the hotel occupancy rate, linked to the domestic market, can climb up to 70 percent."

His statement came after Turkey's marked major Islamic holiday --Eid al-Fitr-- during which most hotels have had occupancy of over 80 percent. “The demand in the domestic market has reached its peak. The occupany in some facilities has reach 100 percent," Ayık said.

In late June, Russian government removed its restrictions on travel agencies, selling tours in Turkey. The interest to Turkey's south has rapidly grown among Russian holiday makers shortly after the removal of the tourism ban by officials in Moscow.

Kommersant business newspaper reported up to 35 percent of tour packages, sold in recent days by Russia-based agencies, has included travel options to Turkey.

The Russian air ticket search engine, Aviasales.ru, announced that the quantity of demands on tickets to Turkey has seen an increase of 40 percent in a week after the removal of tourism restrictions, in a statement on its page.

Russia Beyond's Headlines reported that before the ban was lifted, a large number of Russians preferred to stay at home without seeking an alternative destination, citing a statement by Ekaterina Bezhanova, the director of strategic development at Online Tours. In May 2016, the Turkish government recorded a 10-fold decrease in the number of Russian tourists visiting Turkey, due to the restrictions

Güncelleme Tarihi: 13 Temmuz 2016, 17:22