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Russian Tourism to Turkey Falls 90%

Russian tourism to Turkey in May 2016 was down 91.82 percent year-on-year, according to sum expelled by Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Ministry, a RBC journal reported Tuesday.

May is typically a renouned time for Russian tourists in Turkey. In May 2015, over 501,000 Russians visited a country, and in 2014 — roughly 695,000, RBC reported, citing a ministry report. In May 2016, only 41,000 Russian tourists visited Turkey.

In Nov 2015, Russian authorities criminialized a sale of package tours to Turkey and stopped all flights between a dual countries, while also introducing a raft of economic sanctions. This followed a sharpened down of a Russian warplane by a Turkish troops over a Syrian-Turkish limit progressing that month. The measures have led to a roughly sum fall of a Russian marketplace for a Turkish tourism industry. 

Russians done adult 1.65 percent of a unfamiliar tourists to Turkey in May 2016 — compared to 13.17 percent for a same duration in 2015 and 17.82 percent in 2014. The dump in Russians visiting Turkey is partial of a wider trend of descending caller numbers to Turkey.

In a initial 5 months of 2016, Turkey was visited by 8.3 million foreigners, 22.93 percent fewer than during a same duration final year, RBC reported.

Ankara sought to correct Russian-Turkish family this week with a personal minute from President Erdogan to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The letter apologized for sharpened down a Russian jet in Nov 2015 and offering “deepest condolences” to a pilot’s family, a Kremlin reported Monday. 

Article source: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/article/573712.html