French tourists killing Turkey’s tourism sphere
Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 28
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
French tourists stopped visiting Turkey that caused serious damage to the country's tourism sphere, Turkey's Culture and Tourism Minister Mahir Unal said, Turkish Haber7 newspaper reported Apr. 28.
France's President Francois Hollande said earlier that an armed confrontation may begin between Turkey and Russia, Unal noted adding that this statement contributed to the fact that the number of foreign tourists arriving in Turkey has decreased.
Relations between Russia and Turkey deteriorated after the incident with Russian SU-24 bomber. Following the incident, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree to take measures for ensuring the national security and special economic measures against Turkey.
The number of hotel reservations in Turkey has dropped by 13.4 percent in the first quarter of 2016, compared to the same period in 2015, said the message from the country's Touristic Hotels and Investors Association (TUROB).
A total of 57.6 percent of hotels were reserved in Turkey in the first quarter of 2015.
The country's revenues from tourism totaled $31.5 billion in 2015, or 8.3 percent less than in 2014.
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