Turkish tourism feels brunt of Russian boycott

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TRAVEL GAZETTE -The spat between Russian and Turkey continues to have a dire affect on the Turkish tourism sector.

Turkey’s premier skiing spots, including Uludağ and Palandöken, have seen declining traffic in foreign arrivals as well as cancellations of reservations, reports the daily Zaman.

Mehmet Akkuş, the chair of the Marmara Regional Board of the Turkish Association of Travel Agents (TÜRSAB), said more than 25 percent of all reservations made by Russian tourists in the Uludağ region have been cancelled already.

“The problem with the Russian economy lingers on all across Turkey. It damaged Antalya in the summer and has hit skiing resorts, particularly Uludağ, in winter,” Akkuş said.

Earlier this month,  Russia’s Tour Operators Association said it had stopped selling tours to Turkey indefinitely, while the Ministry of Education and Science said it was curtailing cooperation with Turkey’s universities and planned shortly to repatriate all Russian students in the near future.

Russia’s government has approved a resolution listing detailed sanctions against Turkey in response to the downing of a Russian warplane near the Syrian-Turkish border.

Bilateral agreement on visa-free travel was suspended, together with charter flights between the two countries except those meant to repatriate Russian tourists from Turkey.

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