Local entrepreneurs are seriously concerned about the impending disaster to their business and point out that tourism in Antalya is now dead, the newspaper wrote. One can still find signs written in Russian at the tourist resort, but most shops, where Russian tourists were the main buyers, will probably soon close.
Many locals still prefer to keep calm, assuming that the tourist business will be able to recover by the spring. However, Turkish businessman Mehmet Ali Gultekin says that it would be very naive to believe such scenario.
"Of course the political situation will heavily affect tourism in the region. Most agencies have already started to plan tours for the next year and sign agreements with the airlines. But they are making plans and not taking Russia into account,” Gultekin said.
According to the entrepreneur, Antalya will suffer significant financial losses due to the outflow of Russian tourists
The problem is that most businesses had Russians as their target audience, as they often bought luxury items and booked tours. European tourists, many of whom are retired, are not so active and often stay in their hotel complexes for their entire stay in the country, Gultekin explained.