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Major Russian tour operator cancels all holiday packages to Turkey until end of December
Pegas Touristik, one of Russia’s largest tour operators, has cancelled all holiday packages to Turkey until December 29, its general director said on Wednesday. "We have currently suspended sales to the Turkish Republic. All tour packages sold until December 29 have been cancelled. Tourists who purchased these packages will be invited to rebook their tours to other destinations," Anna Podgornaya told Rossiya-24 TV channel. The move follows downing of a Russian Su-24 bomber by a Turkish F-16 fighter jet on Tuesday morning.
New website of Gloria Hotels and Resorts
Gloria Hotels has launched a new website combining all seven Gloria Hotels group properties under one domain. The easy-to-use website provides all the information and functionality needed to book a room, dinner, a celebration or wedding in English, Arabic, Russian, German and Chinese languages.
Antalya will lose in 2015 to $ 5 billion because of the decrease of Russian tourists' traffic
Reducing number of Russian tourists visiting the Turkish province of Antalya, will lead to a loss of $ 5 billion by the end of 2015, reports on the results of 2015, according to BGN News. At the same time Turkey's overall revenue losses in the tourism sector could reach $ 10 billion. According to the publication, in the first nine months of this year the number of tourists from Russia to Antalya decreased by 25% compared to last year.
Subsidies will not help Turkey to save the flow of tourists from Russia due to the fall of the ruble
Subsidizing of charter flights from Russia to the Turkish side is the actual measure, but it does not help to keep the flow of tourists, if the exchange rate will continue to fall, Russian tour operators have reported to ATOR (Assosiation of Tour Operators of Russia)". Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey reported that it will pay to Russian tour operators $ 6 thousand for each charter flight, from 15 September to 30 November, to support the tourism flow.
Turkey will subsidize charter flights from Russia to keep the flow of tourists
To support tourists' flow from Russia, Turkey will pay to the Russian tour operators $ 6 thousand for each charter flight from Russia from September 15 to November 30, according to the Turkish edition of Daily Sabah. According to the publication referring to the Culture and Tourism Minister of the country Omer Chalikov, support will be provided not only to Russian tour companies, but also to tour operators of the CIS countries and Iran.
Tourist's flow from Russia to Turkey in June fell by almost 20%
In June, Turkey was visited by 19% less Russians than the same period in 2014, according to the statistics of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey. 652.7 thousand Russian tourists came to the country in June 2015 in comparison to 805.3 thousand Russians in June 2014.
Because of low demand, prices for tour packages to Turkey fell down by 27%.
In summer 2015, price for tours to Turkey decreased by 27% due to special offers from hotels, but the demand is still about a third lower than last year, Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) said, referring to tour operators. In the first summer months, tour operators estimate the decline of sales of tours to Turkey by 25-30% .
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.
TUI has launched a free Wi-Fi in the tourist buses in Turkey
This summer, clients of TUI Russia will be able to use free Wi-Fi Internet during transfers and excursions in Turkey. From May 2015, all branded buses of the tour operator will be equipped with wireless internet access, the press department if TUI Russia reported. According to a study of GfK, Wi-Fi is one of the most important value-added services on vacation for the Russians.
Tour operators expect a recovery of tourist flow from Russia to Turkey due to special offers
Arrivals from Russia to Turkey, which have decreased in the first quarter of this year, in the summer return to last year's figures, the press secretary of the Russian Union of Travel Industry Irina Turina reported, referring to the data of tour operators.
Charters from Russia to Turkey Will Be Officially Sponsored
On 3-rd of April 2015, the Embassy of Turkey in Russia published the news release about subsidies to tour operators for charter flights from Russia. The amount of 6 000 Us dollars will be paid for each charter flight from Russia to Turkey operated from 1-st of April till 31-st of May 2015. If the flight is organized by several tour operators, the money will be shared among them as the proportion of number of passengers.
Turkey Remains the Most Popular Destination For 13 Years in a Row
According to Russian State Statistical Service (Rosstat), the Russians made 45 million 889 thousand trips abroad in 2014, which is 15% less than in 2013. 17 million 611.6 thousand of those trips were made with tourism purposes. Despite the very depressing situation in the Russian travel sector, the drop in the outbound tourist flow amounted to just 4% - the statistics shows.
Azur Air increases the number of destinations from Moscow and regions in the winter season
Azur Air has announced the expansion of its route network in the 2019/2020 autumn-winter schedule, including from Russian regions. The carrier will also increase the intensity of flights to its traditional destinations.