Turkey Reinstated as the Most Popular Destination for Russians 24 Hours After Becoming Accessible

Russian business daily RBC reports that merely a day after President Putin lifted the ban on the sale of organized tours to Turkey, the country became the most popular destination on the Yandex.Travel pages.  The portal that aggregates Russian tour operators’ offer registered a fourfold increase of demand for tours to Turkey, while the demand for Crimean tours dropped by two thirds.  The number of various tours to Turkey available to Russians stood at around 500, which is still only half of the previous year’s figure.

President Putin lifted the ban on the sale of organized tours to Turkey after its president Erdogan issued an apology for downing a Russian military jet over the border with Syria in November 2015.  While the ban was in force, only 138,000 Russian tourists visited Turkey, or 83% less than the year before (802,000).

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