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Monday, October 24, 2016

Turkey apologized: the Russians can not make it to Antalya this summer

Tonight it became known that the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sent Vladimir Putin a letter of apology for the downed Russian plane. Now that the main condition for Russia to perform, and Turkey have pleaded guilty, many the question arises whether Russian-Turkish relations to return to the old close cooperation. Especially in the field of tourism. “MK” asked this question to the leaders of several travel agencies, which until the crisis between Moscow and Ankara worked in Turkey. Opinions of experts have dispersed.

photo: Gennady Cherkasov

Sergei Ivanov, acting Director of tourism portal: “do Not hurry, it is not known what the response of the Russian President on that message. Maybe a simple “sorry” will not suffice. In any case, fast for a month or two of anti-sanctions will not be canceled. They were introduced gradually, and will also gradually cancel. And beach season is in full swing, so this year our tourists will hardly have time to get to the resorts of Turkey.”

According to the expert, resumption of tourist flow from Russia to the resorts of Antilla and Izmir are more interested Turkish hoteliers. “When closed this area, we were in shock. First Egypt, then Turkey… it Seemed that all – necessary to close the equivalent replacement for these countries to find. But time passed, and everything was settled. Now our tourists love Greece, the beaches there – is not worse, and the price is even lower than in Turkey. And resorts in Egypt it was replaced in Jordan and Israel.”

Indeed, Russian tour operators found something to replace the Turkish resorts. However, many of them would willingly resumed relations with them. How quickly can it be done?

Olga Alova, a top Manager of the explorers club sure, if it be a political decision of the Russian leadership, to restore the economic relations with one or two months. So that our tourists have a chance to sunbathe on the beaches of Turkey before the end of the holiday season.

“On the one hand, the demand for rest in Turkey for Russian tourists still exists. On the other, Turkish resorts are now experiencing not the best times. The outflow of tourists compared to last year is tremendous. And not only in Russia, the Europeans, too little, they are afraid of the constant communication about the terrorist threat. Therefore, there is a mutual interest in the restoration of economic ties between our countries. As soon as the country’s leadership will give a signal to business that it is possible to resume regular flights and sell tours on Mediterranean and Aegean coast, we will not be found. All communication with hoteliers, airlines have developed over the years, to gain momentum – will take very little time.”

“I don’t believe that is possible in the middle of the season in a matter of days or weeks to restore the flow of tourists, as if nothing had happened. Dozens of companies due to the fact that they were forbidden to sell tours to Egypt and Turkey, was on the verge of ruin, many who had Turkish founders, just closed. And the survivors found a replacement to these destinations and do not want now to go back to risk, the private agent Kirill, You compare with the situation in Egypt. Like we have with the leadership of this country there is no crisis of relations. They fulfilled all our conditions to enhance security at airports have spent millions of dollars on the most advanced CCTV systems, and more. But permission to resume flights. Of course, it’s good that Erdogan apologized. The world is in any case better argument, but I don’t believe that this year our tourists will again be sunbathing on Turkish beaches. In the best case – this will happen in 2017 year.”

There is another view: the First charters can fly to Turkey in a week

The aggravation of relations with Turkey. Chronicle of events

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