The number of foreign tourists arriving in Turkey’s Mediterranean resort city, Antalya, has reached 1 million, with Ukrainians taking the lead.

As international flights resumed to the city, which has established itself as a safe holiday destination amid the coronavirus pandemic, the number of tourists has begun to soar.

Between Jan. 1 and Aug. 19, some 1.08 million tourists from 31 countries arrived in Antalya. While nearly 300,000 Ukrainians preferred the city for their holiday, 281,000 tourists came from Russia, followed by 221,000 Germans and 85,000 British tourists.

City Council Tourism Working Group Chairman Recep Yavuz told reporters that the tourism sector is undergoing one of the most difficult periods in history due to the COVID-19 outbreak. He added that travel warnings issued by countries are the most significant obstacle for the sector.

Antalya has been struggling against restrictions during this period like other popular destinations, including Mallorca, northern Spain, Croatia, France and Bulgaria, Yavuz added.

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