Turkey’s Mediterranean beauty, Antalya province on the southern coast, continues to attract tourists during the coronavirus pandemic.
Recep Yavuz, head of the Antalya City Council Tourism Working Group, told Anadolu Agency (AA) that the province’s tourism is backed by Russia, Ukraine and Turkish citizens residing abroad during this challenging time.
“In the first week of October, there were 1,206 direct flights from abroad to Antalya, 500 of which were from Russia and 200 were from Ukraine,” he said, noting that 188,000 guests from the two countries came to the region during that period.
Yavuz stated that Antalya, which hosted 220,000 vacationers in September, started this month even faster.
He emphasized that worldwide tourist destinations such as Spain’s Mallorca, Greece’s Rhodes and Crete and Croatia’s Dubrovnik hosted a total of 200,000 tourists in the first week of October, “while Antalya became the preferred destination of 250,000 tourists in the same period.”