The number of foreign visitors rose to 2.08 million, compared to 1.54 million in February, according to data released by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
The closure of borders, travel restrictions and other bans due to the coronavirus epidemic that started in China in 2020 and spread all over the world caused the pandemic effects of tourism to be felt and the collapse effect. With the spread of the vaccine in 2021, the easing of the effect of the pandemic and the easing of bans, tourism experienced a significant revival in the summer season. Accordingly, there was a significant increase in the number of foreign visitors in 2021 in the distribution by years, approaching 2019 levels. Current reservations include virus restrictions announcements due to some countries' concerns about the war with Russia and Ukraine, and rising cases of the Omicron variant in some countries in Asia.
When the effect level of the retrospective political dynamics regarding the current Russian crisis is examined, it will be necessary to compare it with the reductions in important breaking times such as the 2014-15 Russia-Ukraine crisis, the 2015-16 Russian plane crash and the Russian crisis. Between 2014-15, the number of Russian visitors decreased by 18.5%. However, the real decline occurred between 2015-16, when the plane crisis with Russia and relations with Russia became tense. While there was a 76% decrease in 2016 compared to the previous year, the share of Russia in total tourism revenues decreased to 3%. With the normalization of relations, it recovered in 2017 and there was a serious base effect in this period. The decline in 2020 is already pandemic related and has a negative impact overall.
In Ukraine, on the other hand, there is no significant break in years. In 2016, there was a significant proportional increase of 47%. Its share in our tourism revenues peaked that year.
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