Turkey aims for 100k Russian wellness travellers

Quoted by Anadolu Agency, Thermal Health and Tourism Association head Yavuz Yilik says Turkey’s goal is to host 100,000 Russian tourists travelling for therapeutic purposes by 2020.

The Turkish tourism sector is focusing on attracting Russians to the country’s hot springs and medical facilities as part of its push to promote “wellness tourism” in the winter months, the Turkish thermal tourism union chief said.

Yilik said 80,000 tourists from Russia came to Turkey for therapeutic purposes in 2018 and that Turkey wanted this figure to reach 100,000 by 2020.

He underlined that his association was in touch with Russian tour operators as Turkey’s medical services and related tourism facilities developed alongside its coastal tourism areas.

The article says that data on Turkey’s tourism sector show that 39.4 million foreign tourists visited Turkey in 2018 with Russians at the top of the list 5.9 million visits. It didn’t give the source of this data.