Turkey's tourism sector has this year suffered a sharp drop in visitor numbers amid Russia's economic woes. In response Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry has announced a new support program to overcome sector losses.
The ministry will offer financial support to A Group certificate travel agencies carrying tourists from 13 countries, such as Russia, Iran and Ukraine, through charter airlines. The agencies will take $6,000 grants for each flight, said the ministry in a statement issued to travel agencies.
The support package covers 13 countries in total; Azerbaijan, Moldova, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Iran. The ministry also said several airports will be under the support package’s coverage, including airports in Gazipaşa-Alanya, Antalya, Dalaman, Bodrum and İzmir.
Travel agencies need to submit their proposals and the required documents to become qualified for the support, which lasts until November 30.