The relations between Russia and Turkey deteriorated after the Turkish Air Force shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber over Syria on November 24, 2015. Russian President Vladimir Putin described the act as the "stab in the back" and ordered the Russian government to impose a number of retaliatory measures against Turkey.
"Over the first four months of last year, 126,690 Russian tourists visited Turkey, and this year — only 12,039 people," Budak said, according to the TV Channel NTV.
Budak also criticized Ankara's measures taken to boost tourism, including the introduction of subsidies when buying airline tickets to Turkish resorts.
For example, the number of German tourists fell from 211,000 to 128,000.
Revenues from tourism fell by 16.5 percent. Such a sharp drop in Turkey's tourist industry is a record in the last 10 years.
Tourism accounts for 4.5 percent of Turkey's GDP and plays an important role in reducing the government's deficit.