Enjoying ad-free content?
Since July 1, 2024, we have disabled all ads to improve your reading experience.
This commitment costs us $10,000 a month. Your support can help us fill the gap.
Support us
Our journalism is banned in Russia. We need your help to keep providing you with the truth.

Turkey Top Russian Holiday Spot 3 Days After Tour Ban Lifted

DEZALB / Pixabay

Turkey is once again the number one destination for Russian holidaymakers just three days after the Kremlin lifted a ban on package tours to the country, the Kommersant newspaper reported Monday.

More than 35 percent of holidays sold in Russia on Sunday were package tours to Turkey, said OnlineTour travel agency’s spokesman Igor Blinov.

Independent travelers have also shown increasing interest in the country over the weekend, with requests for flights to Antalya and Istanbul soaring 30 and 25 percent respectively.

Prices for package tours to Turkey are expected to fall by 30 percent in the coming weeks as Turkish hotels begin to provide discounts and charter flights resume, Kommersant reported.

Many major Russian tour operators began selling trips to the country as soon as Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree lifting the ban on Friday last week.

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more