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Istanbul is commonly described as a city on two continents.A report in the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet cited shopkeepers in one southern bazaar saying that sales were down 90 percent since Russian President Vladimir Putin banned Russian charter flights to Turkey, forbade Russian travel agencies from selling package holidays to Turkey, and imposed tough restrictions on imports from Turkey in response to the jet incident.Tourism, for Turkey, is a serious business. The Turkish Statistical Institute says Turkey earned $36.46 billion from tourism in 2015 . Last year, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom were the top three sources of tourists visiting Turkey. Just as disputes between Ankara and Moscow over Syria have led to the collapse of Russian tourism in Turkey, increasing tensions between Ankara and Berlin over such issues as Turkey's anti-terrorism legislation, the civilian casualties in the war with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), and the particularly fractious issue of whether Ottoman Turkey conducted a genocide against Armenians a century ago have contributed to a falloff in the numbers of German holidaymakers in Turkey.
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