This summer, the flow of Russian tourists to Turkey increased by 19% year-on-year and amounted to 2.56 million people. However, this figure is still lower than before the start of the pandemic: in the summer of 2019, 3.16 million Russians visited the country.
RBC reports this with reference to the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The figures for the last three summer months were the highest since the start of the pandemic. For comparison: in June-August 2022, 2.15 million Russian tourists visited Turkey.
The summer tourist flow from Russia to Turkey has been growing steadily since 2020, when 454,000 trips were recorded. In 2021, this figure was already 1.8 million.
At the same time, the flow has not yet reached the level of the pre-pandemic summer of 2019, when 3.16 million Russians arrived in Turkey, 23.4% more than this year.
One of the reasons why the flow of tourists has not returned to the level of 2019, as RBC interlocutors revealed, is the insufficient volume of air transport. As a representative of the tour operator Intourist explained, this is because many Russian companies, including charter companies, cannot fly abroad due to sanctions.
In addition, according to the vice-president of the Russian Union of the Tourism Industry (RST), Dmitry Gorin, the drop in demand was affected by rising prices and the weakening of the ruble. The average cost of a trip for two people to Turkey in August amounted to about 183 thousand rubles.
In early August, ATOR reported that Turkey was among the five most expensive mass destinations.
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