Winter in Turkey has ceased to be as "dead season" for the Russians
In January 2019 Turkey was visited by 34% more of Russian citizens than it was a year ago. This is an amazing result for a low season.
Expanded charter programs of tour operators for the New Year holidays in Antalya and charters to the ski resorts of Turkey led Russia in the TOP-5 of the main entry markets for Turkey - on the fifth line. In January 2019, Turkey hosted 91,720 citizens of the Russian Federation.
At the same time, 37.3 thousand people (+ 75% by January 2018) of them came to rest in Antalya, the rest (over 50 thousand) went to Istanbul.
In fact, Turkey loses out only to two countries. So, in January 2019, 230 thousand Russian citizens came to Thailand, about 120 thousand to the UAE, 79,654 to Vietnam, 35,600 Russians to Israel, 15,000 to Cuba, 11,569 to Sri Lanka, Maldives - 9668 citizens of the Russian Federation.
According to the general entry statistics of Turkey, the share of the Russian market was 5.96%. This is the largest indicator for January over the past three years (4.68% in 2018, 3.8% in 2017).
In total, 1.54 million foreign tourists visited Turkey in the first month of the year (+ 5.33% compared with January 2018). The TOP-5 key entry markets of Turkey in January included Bulgaria (the 1st place, 134 thousand people), Georgia (the 2nd place, 112 thousand), Germany (the 3rd place, 102 thousand) and Iran (the 4th place, almost 97 thousand).
Among the top five countries, Russia showed the most dynamic growth in annual terms: + 34.2% compared to January 2017. For comparison: the tourist flow from Germany to Turkey in January increased by 17.5% year-on-year, from Bulgaria - by 12.2%. The tourist flow to Turkey from Georgia in comparison with January 2017 fell by 25.5%, the number of tourists from Iran decreased even more - by 34.4%.
Recall that by the results of 2018, almost 6 million citizens of the Russian Federation visited Turkey.
Yury Mishchenko, graduated from Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, has more than 15 years experience in tourism and travel. Working both in tour operator company as destination manager, and in travel agency as sales manager, he is focused on analysis of Russian tour operators’ daily routine. Recently, Yury works in Baginet Marketing and Sales Agency.