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Monday, July 24, 2017

Firms re-sell trips to Turkey, but safety not guaranteed

The events surrounding the “return” of Turkey for Russian tourists is evolving so rapidly that even professionals from tourism, it seems, to not completely believe what is happening. The next day after the decree of the President about the lifting of restrictions on Charter flights in this direction private firms have started selling tours to Antalya. While on regular flights. The next step should be the decision of the Federal air transport Agency, which will open the Turkish airspace for Charter flights. The terms of office are not made public, but market players hope that, in this case everything will be done just as quickly.

photo: Natalia Muslinkina

The General Directorate of civil aviation of Turkey, in his Twitter has announced that Charter transportation from Russia to Turkey will resume on 7 July. Allegedly claimed 17 flights. To judge the reality of such messages difficult. Tour operators unanimously say that the Charter program will be able to deploy no earlier than two weeks after formal approval of the Federal air transport Agency.

Of the next date when it is possible to fly to Turkey by regular flights labeled 2, 9, 13 and 14 July, depending on the tour operator. Larissa Akhanov, PR-Director of the travel Agency which has started to offer Turkey from 1 July, told “MK” that as soon as it became aware of the opening direction, was showered with calls from tourists and travel agents. Travel agents are more interested in the timing recovery Charter flights, and tourists mostly asking about prices. However really sold trips while virtually none. Still, the cost of regular flights bite. On the flight now have to spend up to half the cost of the tour.

In turn, the Turkish hoteliers kept his promise and reduced the price of the hotel compared to last summer. The discount was at least 20%. The higher the discount gives of Kemer, which is more than other resorts has been focused on tourists from Russia and, therefore, stronger suffers from their absence.

In this story a little bit sad for Egypt. On the one hand, the local tourist industry hopes that the resumption of flights between Russia and the Country of pyramids is also in the offing. Hoteliers stated willingness to give even lower prices Turkish. On the other — there is an obvious mismatch of effort in terms of security taken by Turkey for the return of Russian tourists. Especially after the recent major terrorist attack in Istanbul. “We hope that Egypt will be the next country to come back Russian tourists. Especially after Egypt has taken a very important step — set up a private company for the protection of airports. It is expected that the service will be taken about 7 thousand people who will undergo training under the guidance of foreign experts,” — said the head of the Egyptian Federation of tourism companies by Ilhami al-Zayat.

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Meanwhile, the Russian foreign Ministry called on the citizens to take responsibility for planning their vacation in Turkey in connection with the continuing terrorist threat there. The foreign Ministry stressed that expect the Turkish side to take the maximum possible, comprehensive measures to ensure the security of Russian citizens who intend to visit Turkey. Russian tour operators are very cautious comment on the issues related to the security of the Turkish resorts. In resort areas still have not had one incident, but it is clear that the terrorist attacks today, no one is immune. “We hope that resorts will be under special attention of the Turkish authorities,” — said General Director of another tour company Victor Topolkaraev.

It is because of security concerns in Turkey, according to Topolkaraev, this summer is unlikely to go families with children. This contingent still chooses the Crimea and Krasnodar Krai. “Judging by the sales results over the last week, Russian tourism has not lost in the demand. But next year the situation will likely change”, — concluded the source.

Watch the video on “”don’t go, Turkey we have offended,” the Russians spoke about the opening of resorts”

Soon Russian residents will again be able to visit Turkish resorts. Now the Russians think about the once very popular direction a foreign holiday? Details on the video.

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