This summer is expected to increase the tourist flow of Saudi tourists in Turkey, especially in the Black Sea region of the country.

The first plane with Saudis is expected to arrive on July 1 in the Black Sea town of Trabzon.

This will be the first passenger flight with Arab tourists after a three-year break, BTA reported.

According to the pro-government newspaper Sabah, this is due to Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who arrived in Ankara yesterday after a nearly four-year vacuum between Riyadh and Ankara over the 2018 assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Hashoghi in Istanbul.

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The visit is assessed as a very important step for the normalization of relations between the two countries.

The talks between Mohammed bin Salman and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan focused on economic issues, including tourism, in addition to regional issues.

On the eve of the heir to the throne's visit, Turkey lifted a ban on visits by Saudi tourists, which it had imposed three years ago over the Hashoghi assassination crisis.

Saudi tourists are fans of the Black Sea region with its mountain plateaus, which they prefer because of the cooler climate, clean air and natural resources.

The high exchange rate is an additional incentive for Arab tourists, who are preferred by tour operators as wealthy clients.