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Turkey: Russian tourists touchdown in Antalya as season starts after COVID-19 break02:38

Turkey: Russian tourists touchdown in Antalya as season starts after COVID-19 break

Turkey, Antalya
August 11, 2020 at 11:30 GMT -00:00 · Published

Thousands of Russian tourists landed at Antalya's airport on Monday, following four months of restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Passengers were filmed coming out of the arrivals gate, wearing masks, and being welcomed by a dancing performance and a DJ playing music.

Riza Percin, local official of the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies [TURSAB], said that the Russians were important for the region, comprising up to "70 percent" of the tourists who travel there.

"We could not host a single Russian tourist until the end of July as flights were stopped and hotels were closed. But we are open as of now. God willing, with controlled approach, with masks, hygiene and social distancing rules in place, we will manage to secure our guests and work hard for good results," said Percin.

Direct flights between a number of Russian cities to Antalya and other Turkish tourist hotspots including Bodrum and Dalaman airport restarted yesterday, while flights to Istanbul resumed already on August 1.

According to reports 23,000 Russian tourists were expected to touchdown in Antalya today from several Russian cities.

Turkey: Russian tourists touchdown in Antalya as season starts after COVID-19 break02:38
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Thousands of Russian tourists landed at Antalya's airport on Monday, following four months of restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Passengers were filmed coming out of the arrivals gate, wearing masks, and being welcomed by a dancing performance and a DJ playing music.

Riza Percin, local official of the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies [TURSAB], said that the Russians were important for the region, comprising up to "70 percent" of the tourists who travel there.

"We could not host a single Russian tourist until the end of July as flights were stopped and hotels were closed. But we are open as of now. God willing, with controlled approach, with masks, hygiene and social distancing rules in place, we will manage to secure our guests and work hard for good results," said Percin.

Direct flights between a number of Russian cities to Antalya and other Turkish tourist hotspots including Bodrum and Dalaman airport restarted yesterday, while flights to Istanbul resumed already on August 1.

According to reports 23,000 Russian tourists were expected to touchdown in Antalya today from several Russian cities.

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