ANKARA, 9 December. The crisis between Moscow and Ankara because of a downed su-24, most can hit Turkish tourism industry, and to compensate for in the foreseeable future losses due to the lack of Russian tourists is almost impossible. This opinion was expressed by the representatives of the industry, writes the newspaper “Zaman”.
Turkey may lose 3.5 million Russians
Every year Turkey was visited by more than 4 million tourists from Russia. Thus, as noted by the Chairman of the Board of tour operator Jolly Tur mete Vardar, the majority of them (about 90%) had been arriving by Charter flights. “All Charter flights (from Russia) cancelled. Regular flights “Turkish airlines” prefer very few tourists. In 2016 we expect significant slowdown from Russia, and fill in the short term, the resulting vacuum is impossible,” he said. Next year Turkey may lose 3.5 million Russians, including in connection with the depreciation of the ruble, according to the representative of the tourism industry.
According to Vardar, Russian tourists spend on holiday in Turkey an average of $850 dollars. Last year the country was visited by 4.4 million Russians, adding to the local Treasury $4.5 billion By the end of this is expected to 3,4 million Russian tourists, the revenues projected at $3.5 billion, he said. European tourists spend less: on average, about $790, said the head of travel Agency.
Losses from Russian sanctions could reach $9 billion
The head of the chamber of Commerce of Antalya Davut çetin noted that by the end of this year “Turkish Riviera” will lose about 600 thousand tourists due to the General decline in the tourism market and will lose $2.5 billion In 2016 losses can grow.
The head of the Turkish Union of travel agencies of Basaran Ulusoy, in turn, said that the loss of Russian tourists Turkey in 2016 is intended to compensate other countries, including China. Acting on air of CNN Turk, he said that together with the government developed a package of measures, directed on minimization of losses from the tourist industry of the Russian Federation imposed sanctions. Such measures in all fields of economy on Tuesday said the head of Turkish government, Ahmet Davutoglu.
Earlier it was reported that the loss of Turkey from the Russia sanctions could reach about $9 billion.
The causes of the crisis
Relations between Moscow and Ankara deteriorated after Turkish air force November 24, shot down in the skies over Syria, the Russian bomber su-24. According to Ankara, the aircraft violated the airspace of Turkey near the border with Syria. The defense Ministry said the su-24M was extremely over Syrian territory and that “violations of the airspace of Turkey.” Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that the attack on the bomber would have “serious consequences” for bilateral relations.
November 28, Putin signed a decree “On measures for safeguarding national security of the Russian Federation and the protection of citizens from criminal and other unlawful acts and on application of special economic measures against the Turkish Republic.” The document, in particular, introduced a visa regime from 1 January 2016, a ban on Charter flights between Russia and Turkey. In addition, Russian tour operators should refrain from working in Turkey. In this case visa restrictions are not affected by Turkish citizens with temporary residence permit or a residence permit on the territory of the Russian Federation and directed on work in diplomatic missions.