Hoteliers expect more Russian tourists as ban removed
ANTALYA - Anadolu Agency
“The removal of the ban is a very important development [for the Turkish tourism industry],” said Osman Ayık, the head of the Turkish Hoteliers’ Federation (TÜROFED).
According to Ayık, there are some 1 million personnel working for the Russian police force.
“Together with their families, we are talking about some 2.5 million people. Another 1 million staff are in the Russian army. The Russian government has not yet removed the ban for that personnel, but we expect a similar move soon,” Ayık said.
“We may see a significant rise in the number of Russian tourist visits to Turkey. The positive impact of the removal of the ban will be felt much stronger in 2020. We are expecting at least 1 million additional visitors from Russia.”
In the first four months of the year, a total of 710, 293 Russian nationals spent their holiday in Turkey, a 35.5 percent rise from a year earlier.