Antalya could lose $ 1.5 billion due to lower numbers of tourists, including Russian
Turkish province of Antalya can lose $ 1.5 billion due to the decline of tourists, primarily from Russia, Kemer Gözcü said, citing the head of the Chamber of Commerce of Antalya Davut Cetin.
As of May 21, the number of visitors to Antalya, decreased by 11% or by 255 thousand people compared to the previous year. At the same time 80% of losses are due to a decrease of tourist flow from Russia. However, the Russian market is not the only problem. Fewer tourists come from Poland, the Netherlands, Austria, Sweden, France, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Israel, the UK ", Davut Cetin commented.
If this trend continues, Antalya may lose in 2015 to $ 1.5 billion in revenues from tourism, he said. According to the head of the Chamber of Commerce, it is necessary urgently to support tourism.
According to the Mediterranean association of hoteliers, tourist flow from Russia to Antalya in January-April fell by 40% in comparison to the same period of the last year. In 2014, for the first four months of the year, Antalya was visited by 210.7 thousand Russians, this year only by 126.8 thousand. In general, the number of tourists in Antslya fell dawn almost by 13% from January to April. So the forecast for 2015 is 1.15 million tourists in Antalya, whereas in 2014 the figure was 1.31 million.