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Friday, March 16, 2018

Turkey is ready to switch to the ruble for tourists

The flow of Russian tourists abroad continues to fall. In the first half, he again declined 13%, falling to 13.2 million trips. Until the end of the year to save for Turkey, where in early September resumed Charter flights. The Turks are so interested in our fellow countrymen that are willing to go to extraordinary steps like allow you to pay at local resorts rubles. Experts of “MK” told how it is real, and most importantly, whether?

photo: Gennady Cherkasov

“The reduction of outbound tourist flow from Russia by the end of 2016 could reach 20% in comparison with last year, – said Vice-President of the Association of tour operators of Russia (ATOR) Dmitry Gorin. – But we must not forget that last year was minus 50% compared with 2014 year.”

It turns out, the rate of decline of foreign tourism slowed down.

According to tour operators, in 2016 the most popular destinations among Russians of Abkhazia (1.5 million trips), Finland (1.26 million) and Kazakhstan (1.25 million). But the tourist flow to Turkey decreased by 87% (from 1.37 million trips to 168 thousand), in Egypt due to the cancellation of air traffic has fallen to zero. The positive aspects include the fact that opening in September, Charter flights to Turkey and, perhaps, later in Egypt may improve in autumn-winter season at least 1 million tourists.

It’s real. Now after the apology Erdogan’s Turkey “is ready to meet the Russians on the carpets.” This convinced the Chairman of the platform of the Russian-Turkish dialogue Ahmed Ahmedov. And those red gerberas are at the beginning of July 2016, the Turks gave at Antalya airport first arrived from Russia by regular flight organized by the tourists in the literal sense, just “flowers”.

Today approved the implementation of over 60 Charter flights per week from Russia to Turkey. Most of them, the Turkish government is subsidizing from the state budget. Week of rest on the system “all inclusive” for two at the 3* hotel from Moscow starts from 33 thousand roubles. Much more expensive trips from Yekaterinburg and Tyumen, from 53 thousand rubles and above. According to market participants, the present revival will begin after September 10, when successfully fly and return back the first flight, settles the troubles associated with starting a new school year. Then you can expect additional decline in prices, not only on the Turkish direction.

“Recently, our Central Banks have held talks on the implementation of the mutual trade in rubles and Turkish liras, reported last week, the Minister of economy of Turkey Nihat Zeybekci. In October the Minister of energy of Russia will meet and will hold a meeting of the Russian-Turkish mixed Commission on trade-economic cooperation. One of our goals is to Russians in Antalya and whole of Turkey was able to pay in rubles, and the Turks in the Russian LIR. To increase mutual trade turnover to $100 billion – the transition to settlements in national currencies are simply necessary”.

Sounds cool! Even if in Turkey, but the ruble will be equal to the most significant world currencies.

Because now almost all of the local resort area you can pay in dollars and euros. In places where mostly the rest of the British hotels, restaurants and shops accept payments in pounds sterling.

But not so simple. The possibility of mutual settlements in national currencies and the use of Russian tourists rubles on the territory of Turkey it is not for the first time. This is seriously discussed in early 2015. Then, the difficulties of innovation, economic development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev called the fluctuations of our currency, and the absence of prospects for effective use of the ruble in Turkish Lira and in Russia. No coincidence that these plans were not implemented.

“The idea is beautiful, but let’s look at it from a practical standpoint,. – says Natalya Semenikhina, head of marketing direction of one of the largest domestic travel aggregators. – Prices for tours Turks tied to the dollar. In Russia, they, of course, after exchange rate conversion sold for rubles. Directly on resorts many guides accept rubles for payment for trips, however, at the rate of 20-30% above the real. For guides it is likely a small business. The Turkish authorities, management of hotels, these things are taken liberally. Now imagine, the Turks were allowed, even within the tourist enclaves, to pay in rubles for all goods and services at the normal rate. In Turkey there will be dozens, if not hundreds of billions of rubles. What to do with sought after in the world the dollar and the Euro is clear. And where to attach a number of “wooden”? To pay for Russian gas. Then another question arises. Why is it necessary to “Gazprom”, whose “blue” fuel purchase for hard currency?”.

By the way, something similar in January 2015 it was proposed by the Minister of tourism of Egypt Hisham GaAs. In the first stage, the Egyptians had planned to use the Russian ruble for the payment of vouchers for accommodation and in the calculation of travel agencies. The second – was not excluded the transition to the Russian ruble for the payment of imports from Russia to Egypt. In addition, our currency would not be allowed in the calculations in shops, restaurants etc.

“We really had a similar story with Egypt in the beginning of last year, before it was undermined by our Board over the Sinai, says the press Secretary of the Russian Union of travel industry Irina Tyurina. – The question is not what to pay, the question is, at what rate. What’s the difference than paying? Because, in Egypt, in exchange ruble took. But at the rate of 93 per dollar. Who is this course needed? So, to say that live someone said of Turkish officials, and tomorrow we are going to pay in Turkey in rubles, it’s not… In any money to pay, it has no value. Most importantly at what rate”.

“To call the proposal of the Turks – a kind of original way of attracting Russian tourists at me language does not turn – continues Natalia Semenikhina. – I consider this proposal only as a PR. Russia could not yet agree on the use of national currencies for export-import operations in the framework of the EAEU. And, in General, practical sense to pay cash in Turkey, in the development of the international payment systems is not there. Those who are going abroad – almost always have a Bank card, at least with rouble account. It is convenient, safe, in emergency cases it can top family. On plastic paid for any product. Of course, in an ATM abroad is better not to take: the Commission will be large and for cashing, and for conversion”.

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