During the eight months of 2018, 4,186 million Russian tourists visited Turkey. This was reported by local media with reference to the statistics of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey. Thus, the growth of the tourist flow from Russia from January to August exceeded by 20.3% the indicators of the same period last year.
The airport of Turkish resort of Alanya in the province of Antalya expects to host almost 250,000 Russian passengers by the end of 2018. And for the first time tour operators are extending the charter programs to Alanya for the winter season.
"Gazipasha-Alanya Airport hosted the first flight from Russia in April 2017 and since that time has serviced almost 221.8 thousand Russian passengers. By the end of 2018, we expect more than 247.5 thousand Russians and more than 494 thousand foreigners", - reports the press service of the airport.
During the period from January to August 2018 almost 9.2 million foreign tourists have already visited Antalya, which is 87% of the total tourist traffic for the whole 2017 year. The Russian market remains the leader of the incoming tourism in Antalya: it accounts 38.45% of the total foreign tourist flow.
According to the Department of Culture and Tourism of Antalya, the total number of foreign tourists for the first 8 months increased by 28.3% in comparison with the same period of 2017. In total the resort hosted tourists from 180 countries.
This year there is a significant increase of the volume of bookings of tours to Turkish ski resorts. Experts believe, that the main factor of growth is charter transportation and a good price-quality ratio among tourist products, especially important in the current difficult economic conditions,
“The tourist flow from Russia to Turkey increased by 40.5% from January to June in comparison with the same period of the last year, the country was visited by 2.378 million Russians”, - according to the statistics of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey.
“The demand of Ural tourists for tours to Turkey in June grew by 25.6% in comparison with the same period of the last year”, - said the President of the Urals Tourism Association Maxim Puzankov.
According to him, the average cost of a trip to Turkey for one person was about 36.7 thousand Rubles.
"We are noting the demand for Turkey due to the fact that the price-quality ratio is balanced, plus we had a period of deferred demand when we did not fly there”, - said M. Puzankov.
Even in the low season Russia was in the TOP 5 of Turkey's key incoming markets, significantly surpassing the record of 2017. According to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey, in January-March 2018 the country was visited by 5.12 million foreign tourists, which is 35% over the same period in 2017.
In the TOP 5 of incoming markets of Turkey are Iran (738 thousand tourists, + 50% to the corresponding period of 2017), Georgia (475 thousand, + 3.6%), Germany (almost 417 thousand, + 36%), Bulgaria (377 thousand, + 16%) and Russia.
“The tour operators note a multifold increase of demand of Russian tourists for Turkey's resorts in comparison with 2017”, - reported the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) on Monday.
"The demand for Turkey in the summer season of 2018 is very high, and in Moscow, and in St. Petersburg, and in cities such as Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Rostov, Samara, Krasnodar", - stressed the representative of NTK Intourist tour operator.
The representative of the tour operator told about the increase of the number of bookings for Turkey by 150% against the same period of 2017.
“In January 2018, 1.5 million tourists came to Turkey, which is almost 40% more than in the last year”, - reported the Tourism Review portal with reference to the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic,
Russian tourists on holiday in Turkey spend less than Britons, Japanese and Australians. The Institute of Statistics of Turkey (TÜİK) published curious data about how many foreign guests spent during their vacation in the country. This statistics included only those expenses that tourists make directly during his stay in Turkey. The statistics do not include the cost of living in hotels and other services that the tourist buys in the country as part of, for example, a package tour.