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Intourist plans to expand its charter program in Istanbul from new regions
According to available information, two more cities will be added to the list of the current 6 cities of departure to Istanbul, one of them is Adler (Sochi) airport. The second is Kurumoch airport, serving the cities of Samara and Togliatti.
Intourist announced the start of charter program to Istanbul
In the beginning of November, charter flights of Intourist start from Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Rostov-on-Don, Kazan and Ufa to Istanbul. The program will last till March 2020. The operator cooperates with Red Wings air company. The craft for the program will be Airbus A321-200 for 220 passengers in one class layout. The frequency of flights from Moscow will be 3 times a week, from Ufa — once a week and from other four cities — twice a week. Tour operator says that this frequency may be increased if necessary.
Anex Tour starts cruises business
Anex Tour (the Turkish tour operator) officially announced that the company is starting a cruise business buying the first cruise ship in its history. The cruise product of Anex Tour will be offered on the Russian market.
One more flight to Istanbul from Tatarstan
Nord wind has started booking for the new destination Nizhnekamsk-Istanbul.The air company will connect airport Begishevo (Nizhnekamsk, the population of 239 000 people) with Istanbul starting from October, 27 for the whole autumn-winter season 2019/2020. The lowest round trip ticket price is 17 450 roubles (about 250 euros).
Intourist will fly to Antalya from 10 cities of Russia
In the winter season 2019/20 the number of charters to Turkey will increase significantly: the winter tours to Antalya from 10 cities of Russia have become available in the booking system of Intourist tour operator. Considerable increase of transportation on the destination may reduce the prices of vacation packages.
Outbound tourist flow from Russia increased by 6.67% in the first half of the year
In January-June 2019, citizens of the Russian Federation made 21 212 095 trips abroad. This is 6.67% more than in the same period of the last year. Turkey became the leader of outbound tourism, Italy is growing rapidly and tourist flow to Thailand has slightly decreased.
Royal Flight resumes charter flights to Antalya from Kaluga
From August 15, Royal Flight will resume charter flights from Kaluga International Airport to Antalya in Turkey. This information is provided by the press service of the regional government. The agreement was reached at a working meeting between the region’s governor, Anatoly Artamonov and the general director of the airline, Besiki Kvirkviy.
Summer Istanbul is in high demand in Russia
The Russians tasted summer Istanbul. In the summer the Turkish metropolis is increasingly positioned as a destination for a short, but full-scaled vacation, where you can find not only excursion programs and shopping, but also a beach. According to Turkish statistics, for the first 5 months of 2019, Istanbul was visited by 295 thousand citizens of the Russian Federation, which is 18% higher than the figure for the same period in 2018.
Russian tourist flow to Turkey increased by 13.91% in the first half of the year
Antalya is waiting for at least 5 million Russian tourists
The tourist authorities of Antalya note the daily records of the arrivals of tourists, and the Russian tourist market shows the most significant results. Thus, according to Hürriyet Daily News, from January to July 18, Antalya hosted totally 6.9 million foreign tourists. This is an increase of 16%. Such figures mean that up to 86 thousand tourists every day arrive at Antalya airport.
Founder of Anex Tourism became co-owner of Intourist parent company
The founder of the Turkish holding company Anex Tourism, associated with the Russian operator Anex Tour, bought up almost 7% of the shares of the British Thomas Cook Group. Among its assets is Intourist - the Russian tour operator.
Ural Airlines will fly again from Perm to Antalya
Starting from August 2, Ural Airlines launches charter flights on the route Perm — Antalya. This information was provided by the press service of Perm International Airport. The flights will be performed on Fridays on Airbus A321 with a capacity of 200 passengers. The flight time is 4.5 hours. Departure time from Perm to Antalya is at 2:40, and the return flight is at 19:00.
Citizens of Crimea can go to Turkey from Anapa airport
Since 9-th of July there is the regular flight from Anapa to Istanbul with Onur Air on Airbus A320. Departure from Anapa is on Tuesday and Friday at 03:40, arrival to Istanbul is at 05:40, and flight from Istanbul is at 01:00 with arrival to Anapa at 02:40. The air company informs that the minimal price for the OW ticket starts from 5 500 rubles (equals to 78 euro).
Tour operators do not expect lower prices for holidays in Turkey due to high demand
“Prices for tour packages to Turkey will not decrease, since the demand for travel from Russian tourists is already very high,” told the Executive Director of the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) Maya Lomidze. “The demand for Turkey is so good that I do not see any prerequisite that the price may change.
More than 2 million Russians visited Antalya for holidays
Due to the increase in tourist flow from Russia, Turkish Antalya resorts have updated records of the past years. But the second half of the season may not be so successful for local hoteliers. According to the authorities of Antalya, over the first 6 months, the resort was visited by 5.6 million foreign tourists (+ 17% compared to the same period in 2018).
Russian tourist flow to Turkey increased by 20% for 5 months
Russia has strengthened its position on the inbound tourism market in Turkey. Having become the first by the number of tourists in April, Russia confidently maintained its leadership in May. According to the Ministry of Tourism and Culture of Turkey, over the first 5 months of 2019, 12.76 million foreign tourists visited the country (+ 11.3% compared with the same period of 2018).
Russian are on the third place in Istanbul
Daily Sabah informs that during the first five months of 2019 Istanbul city has got 5.4 mln tourists. And that is the biggest number for the last five years, Russian tourists are on the 3-d place according their number. The increase of tourists’ flow is 11%.
Tour operators decrease number of flights to Turkey from Tatarstan
Tour operators continue to cut flight programs to Turkey from Tatarstan. As Kazan travel agents reported, Coral Travel and Pegas Touristic tour operators have canceled one flight. In addition, Pegas Touristic also changed the boards to Antalya to smaller ones: instead of Boeing-777, the flights will be performed by Airbus A321. Thus, if in May and the beginning of June, the supplier sent 2300-2500 people a week to Antalya, now only 1,870 seats are planned to use.
Russian tourists to favor Turkey again this year: ATOR
Turkey will again be the number one destination for Russian tourists this summer, the Association of Tour Operators in Russia (ATOR) has said, according to Interfax. Russian tourists have again decided in favor of Turkey for their vacations, which is seen by a 10%-15% rise in demand for Turkish tourist packages compared to the same period last year, the business association said.
More than 6 million Russian tourists are expected to rest in Turkey in 2019
“More than 6 million Russian tourists will be hosted by Turkey in 2019, the flow of tourists will increase compared to last year,” told the Culture and Tourism Counselor of the Turkish Embassy in Russia, Jelal Kilic.
In Antalya in May every second tourist was from Russia
The Russians in Turkish Antalya set a new record. In May, every second foreign tourist at the main Turkish resort was Russian. According to the department of culture and tourism of the province of Antalya, the resort hosted 3.1 million foreign tourists over the first 5 months of 2019, which is 19% more than in the same period of 2018.