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    President of Association of Turkish Tourist Agencies (TURSAB) Basaran Ulusoy called on Friday to gradually abandon the all-inclusive hotel system due to falling profits in the industry.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Turkey unveiled an action plan to revitalize its tourism sector in February. It stipulates additional funding of nearly $90 million and the introduction of a mechanism to restructure tourism-related companies' debts, among other measures.

    "This system is attractive for budget travelers, for travelers with families. These hotels cannot raise prices although the costs are growing from year to year. We need to gradually reduce the number of hotels operating under this system," Ulusoy told the Anadolu news agency in an interview.

    There has been a 35-percent decline in Turkey’s tourism industry, underlined by a fivefold drop in the number of Russian tourists visiting resorts in Antalya alone in comparison to last year, according to the Antalyan tourism department.

    Tourism in Turkey has suffered as the security situation in the country has deteriorated amid terrorist attacks by the Islamic State jihadist group and Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants since last summer.

    Tourism industry faced a decline after Russia banned organized travel to the republic in the wake of the November 24, 2015, downing of a Russian Su-24 bomber by Turkey over Syria.

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