A positive indicator for the Russian tourism market is that holidaymakers can now choose Turkey as their top travel destination. In fact, Turkish tourism sector leaders expect over 5 million Russians to visit Turkey this year now that the sanctions have been lifted. Turkey will make up the largest national group at Moscow International Travel and Tourism Exhibition (MITT), Russia’s largest travel show.
Dr. Alper Özkan, Director of Culture and Tourism, Counsellor’s Office, Turkish Embassy in Moscow, states: “Both Turkey and the Russian Federation have been taking all necessary steps to reinstate relations to its previous high levels. Tourism has played a major part in helping improve economic relations. Turkish operators are also observing increasing demand. I believe that Turkey misses the Russian tourists and Russian guests miss Turkey.”