An­talya ex­pects more Rus­sians through De­cem­ber

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Business -

RUS­SIAN va­ca­tion­ers’ in­ter­est in Turkey’s Mediter­ranean coast has been un­wa­ver­ing de­spite the pan­demic, with the num­ber of hol­i­day­mak­ers con­tin­u­ing to rise. This trend has led sec­tor rep­re­sen­ta­tives to pro­long the hol­i­day sea­son through Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber, with tour op­er­a­tors say­ing they may even ex­tend it to De­cem­ber.

See­ing the rise in de­mand, ho­tels in south­ern Turkey’s touris­tic gem, An­talya, have al­ready started to post­pone sea­sonal clo­sures.

Pre­vi­ously, the As­so­ci­a­tion of Tour Op­er­a­tors in Rus­sia (ATOR) said they ex­pected the Turk­ish tourism sec­tor to see a boost from the Rus­sian mar­ket from Septem­ber to Oc­to­ber. Now, ma­jor op­er­a­tors that bring tourists from Rus­sia have an­nounced the sea­son will be pro­longed to De­cem­ber, ac­cord­ing to a report by Turk­ish daily Dünya yes­ter­day. Af­ter a hia­tus due to COVID-19, flights re­sumed with Rus­sia on Aug. 10 and since then Rus­sians have ranked at the top of the list, mak­ing up 41.4% of for­eign vis­i­tors in Au­gust.

Be­fore the pan­demic, the de­mand tended to de­crease through Novem­ber; how­ever, this year things have changed for the sec­tor as peo­ple did not have much chance to ar­range hol­i­days due to re­stric­tions.

Coral Travel Turkey of­fi­cials said the com­pany, which cur­rently has flights from Rus­sia’s 12 re­gions, is set to con­tinue its Turkey oper­a­tions dur­ing the 2020-21 win­ter sea­son.

Anna Pod­gor­naya, gen­eral man­ager of the Pe­gas Touris­tik, also said they have al­ready pre­pared a new flight plan span­ning 12 months.

TUI Rus­sia is set to con­tinue its char­ter flights from Moscow, St. Peters­burg and Kazan to An­talya in the win­ter. The flights will con­tinue from Novosi­birsk un­til the end of Oc­to­ber and from Ros­tovon-Don un­til the first week of Novem­ber. The Tez Tour An­talya flight sched­ule runs through Nov. 4.

Mean­while, An­talya City Coun­cil Tourism Work­ing Group Chair­per­son Re­cep Yavuz shared that there were 4,647 in­ter­na­tional char­ter flights from abroad to An­talya in Septem­ber, not­ing flights were at 91% oc­cu­pancy that month. In Septem­ber, there were 2,868 flights to Spain’s Mal­lorca, 2,004 flights to Greece’s Crete, and 1,026 flights to Rhodes, he said, adding, “No air­port in the Mediter­ranean was as busy as An­talya.”

Ac­cord­ing to the data from the Cul­ture and Tourism Pro­vin­cial Di­rec­torate, the num­ber of tourists com­ing to the city ex­ceeded 1 mil­lion in Septem­ber. Dur­ing the month, some 1.1 mil­lion from 147 coun­tries flocked to the city: 995,000 were for­eign­ers and 21,000 were Turk­ish hol­i­day­mak­ers re­sid­ing abroad. This year’s num­bers, how­ever, showed a 54% de­crease due to the pan­demic.

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