Turkey the extended Autumn holiday of choice for Russians

Flying in Turkey

According to the ATOR (The Association of Tour Operators in Russia), the total demand for Turkish holidays by Russian citizens has increased significantly due to the holiday extension of Russian school’s autumn holiday period for 2020.

The Autumn Holidays in Russia

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ATOR released a statement stating that the Autumn holiday will continue until the middle of this month October, and that this is one of the main reasons why there has been such a rapid increase in demand for Turkish holidays by people travelling from Russia.

Flights from Moscow to Turkey from October 3 to October 11 are almost fully booked according to data, whilst vacations in the southern part of Turkey have also seen a new rising demand in Russia. Statistics show that Turkey has always been a favourite destination for Russians, playing host to seven million Russian tourists in 2019 alone.

Culture and Tourism Ministry in Turkey

Between January and June of this year, the Culture and Tourism Ministry in Turkey recorded that over 7.25 million people have visited Turkey, which is down by 76.6% compared with the same time last year, due to the current pandemic sweeping the world.

Nationalities choosing to visit Turkey

The other countries choosing Turkey as their number one holiday destination this year saw Germany come out at the top of the list, with just under 790,000 visitors from January to the end of August this year. Germany was followed by Russia with nearly 773,000 visitors arriving in Turkey. 523,417 tourists visited Turkey from Bulgaria, as well as 520,833 people coming from Ukraine and 465,180 visitors from the United Kingdom, were recorded in the country for the same time period.

The top Turkish destinations during this time were the metropolis city of Istanbul, the Aegean province of Mugla where the likes of Bodrum escaped most of the effects of the pandemic, and the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya.


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