More than 720,000 tourists flooded Antalya last month, easing restrictions.
The gradual lifting of travel restrictions has sparked an increase in interest in summer holidays in Turkey, especially from Russia and Germany.
The southern province of Antalya hosted nearly 1.5 million visitors between January and June. Ukrainian tourists were charged in the period from January to June, and more than 417,000 of them went to Antalya. Russia sent the second largest number of visitors, with 406,000 visitors in the first six months of this year.
But the end of travel restrictions caused an increase in numbers, with 721,000 people arriving in June alone.
Moscow lifted a two-month flight ban on Turkey in June, sparking a wave of Russian visitors, with 110,000 arriving in just one week. Turkey is a favorite among Russian visitors (seven million Russians visited in 2019), so easing the rules is great news for a country that wants to make up for lost tourist time.
Germany and France, also important markets, have also eased travel rules, removing Turkey from their list of high-risk destinations.
Tourism experts expect as many as three million German tourists to visit Turkey in the second half of this year, provided there are no more restrictions.
Yıldıray Karaer, CEO of Corendon Airlines, said other countries were on the verge of lifting travel bans, including the Netherlands, Belgium and the Scandinavian countries.
“There is a great demand on the German side. The season started late, but it seems that it will be extended if nothing goes wrong “, said Karaer.
Other tourists who visited Turkey between January and June were Polish visitors (89,000) and tourists from Belarus (41,000) and Kazakhstan (34,000).