The tourist season in Turkey may last until the end of November, if the current dynamics of tour sales persists, tour operators told Interfax-Tourism on Monday.
“We note the growth of interest in holidays in Turkey. It seems that the current dynamics of sales will continue, and there is every reason to extend the season until the end of November,” said Marina Makarkova, head of the public relations department of the tour operator Coral Travel.
She noted that immediately after the resumption of flights to Turkey, the Russians had many questions, they were alarmed by the unknown.
“Now the answers have been received, there are many publications in the press about security measures in hotels, buffets, transfers, flights, beaches. In addition, thousands of tourists have already returned from their holidays, they willingly share their positive impressions. None of the hotels in our chain have been recorded. cases of coronavirus, “- said Makarkova.
In turn, Intourist told Interfax-Tourism that summer charter programs in Antalya and Dalaman will last until November 10, and then a winter flight program to Antalya will start, from where the tour operator offers excursions to Cappadocia.
Earlier, the head of the Association of Professional Hotel Managers of Turkey (POYD) Yulkay Atmaja said that Turkish resorts have every chance of extending the season until November and even December, since hoteliers have a lot of bookings.
“In recent years, this time of year in Turkey, wonderful weather. There is an opportunity to walk, enjoy nature, visit SPA and gyms. There are many hotels in Antalya with heated pools, including those with seawater,” added Makarkova.
Russia on August 1 resumed direct flights to Ankara and Istanbul, on August 10 – to Antalya, Dalaman and Bodrum. From 1 to 15 September, about 225 thousand Russians visited Antalya, they made up more than half of the passenger traffic of the resort's airport.
Turkey is now one of the few countries where Russian tourists can fly. A COVID-19 test is not required to travel, but it must be done upon return to Russia.
By the end of the year, Turkey is expecting about 15 million foreign travelers.