Some local residents and entrepreneurs believe that the holiday resort will not be able to recover from the losses incurred from Russia’s sanctions against Turkey, German newspaper Die Welt wrote.
"Of course the political situation will heavily affect tourism in the region. Most agencies have already started to plan tours for the next year and sign agreements with the airlines. But they are making plans and not taking Russia into account,” Gultekin said.According to the entrepreneur, Antalya will suffer significant financial losses due to the outflow of Russian tourists
The problem is that most businesses had Russians as their target audience, as they often bought luxury items and booked tours. European tourists, many of whom are retired, are not so active and often stay in their hotel complexes for their entire stay in the country, Gultekin explained.