According to the aggregated estimates of the leading tour operators, the demand for tour packages for May holidays in 2018 increased against the last year from 20 to 40%, depending on the direction.
At the same time, the depth of sales has grown seriously, which shows that our tourists have realized the benefits of buying tours in advance. On average, the May tours were sold with a depth of 1-2 months.
Turkey became the absolute leader of May holiday vacation among Russians. The demand for Turkey on the early booking stage for May holidays has grown from 40% to several times among different tour operators.
Also the TOP 5 of the most popular destinations include Cyprus, Greece, the UAE and Thailand. In addition, Russians actively booked vacation in Tunisia, Italy, Spain, Vietnam, Czech Republic and Baltic countries.
The presence of Greece in the TOP 3 is explained by the opportunity to combine beach holidays with sightseeing trips and sunny weather at the main resorts:. According to Evgeny Kiselev the Senior Manager of the sales department of Muzenidis Travel, tourists go to Chalkidiki, Crete, Athens and the Athens Riviera.
"The cost of a tour for a family of two adults and one child for May holidays in Greece starts from 650 Euros for a week, but it should be taken into account that many popular hotels have already been sold, so there is a tendency to increase prices", - the expert warns.
As for the excursion Europe, Ivetta Verdiyan the Director of the promotion and advertising department of BSI Group said that there is no special increase of sales for May holidays on the European destinations in comparison with 2017.
"As for the UK, France and Italy - we have approximately the same figures. But Benelux countries are boosting! We have a significant demand for tours to Amsterdam and Netherlands & Belgium combined tours", - she added.