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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Russian tourists should not expect “instant” permission to stay in Turkey

After the apology, Erdogan’s tourist industry, of course, the prospect of the imminent lifting of bans on the sale of tours to Turkey. However, had to lie down the initial euphoria, as the barometer began to lean towards the fact that Turkey is unlikely to open in the near future. The most optimistic forecast — the beginning of autumn, more realistic — until next year.

photo: Gennady Cherkasov

Supporters of the positive scenario insist that in terms of price, quality and service to any foreign direction and failed to replace the Russians, the Turkish shore. Recall, every year in the resorts of Antalya has hosted over 4 million of our compatriots. Turkish hoteliers already stated that they are ready to accept tourists from Russia at any time and in any amount. “We know of Russian tourists know what they like, what holidays they like. We are ready to the end of the season to accept any number of Russians, if the number of tourists will be restored. Infrastructural capacity of Antalya, for this is more than enough”, — said the head of the Department of culture and tourism of Antalya Ibrahim Adjara.

Some Russian experts also believe that the number of tourists between the two countries can be restored in the shortest possible time. So, according to press Secretary of the Russian Union of travel industry Irina Tyurina, the first Charter flights to Turkey will be able to fly in one to two weeks after the opening direction, and a full Charter program will be restored for a month. General Director of travel Agency Anna Podgornaya, whose company was once among the leaders of the Turkish directions, confirmed the “MK” that such opportunities there are. Throw the Antalya aircraft is possible even without compromising other areas. Contracts with the Turkish hotels a lot of time is also not required. Most of them in June was loaded by only 10%.

Chief editor of “Aviation review” Alexey Sinitsky agree that to meet within one month to restore the Charter traffic with Turkey is quite real. Because of the crisis the Park many airlines have stopped operating. This is especially true for small carriers, for them, the Turkish direction may be even a lifesaver. However, simultaneously go to the previous volumes of “air” is still not possible. In high season only from Moscow daily in Antalya went a few dozen flights. “Now, of course, you can find empty Board, but they will be much less”, concluded Sinitsky.

The arguments of skeptics don’t sound less convincing. Earlier the Deputy of the state Duma Leonid Kalashnikov suggested that the Russians are not ready so quickly to forget the Turks, the death of the pilot of the su-24. Tourists will need to re-learn to rest in Turkey. We should not forget that in April Vladimir Putin during a straight line with the Russians said that unlike Egypt, where the local authorities are doing everything necessary to ensure the proper level of security on the resorts of Turkey, on the contrary, cooperating with the radicals. “Where is the guarantee that with our tourists nothing can happen?” — said the President.

photo: Gennady Cherkasov

Recently in Turkey, especially in Istanbul, really there was a lot of terrorist attacks. On the other hand, terrorist attacks were not in the resort areas. That is why the head of the Association “Turpomosch” Oleksandr Osaulenko does not exclude that in the case of Turkey, the events develop according to the “Egyptian” scenario. That is, Russia will insist on a personal inspection of all the safety systems at the local resorts. And then, as in the case of Egypt, the recovery of tourist arrivals can take not one, not even two months.

photo: Ivan Skryplev

The irony is that, if the Russian government will quickly cancel the anti-sanctions, the new global reorientation of tourism will inevitably lead to failure in other areas. As suggested by Anna Podgornaya, it will feel the main European beach destinations. However, it is believed that to suffer can also Crimea and Krasnodar Krai. That is why the state is unlikely to divert the flow of tourists from inland resorts until the end of the summer season. In this connection it is not excluded that the decision on the sale of tours to Turkey will be delayed.

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