“In summer of 2018 Turkey will become the undisputed leader among foreign destinations for Russians”, - said the Executive director of the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) Maya Lomidze.
Greece, Cyprus, Spain and Bulgaria are also showing good dynamics. The demand for early booking of these destinations is twice higher as in the last year. And the summer prices will be 25-30% higher than now ", - she added.
According to her, at present time Russian resorts are being booked worse than a year ago. "Now we do not see a feverish early booking demand of Russian resorts, as it was in the last year - when the early booking suggestions had to be closed in advance since everything was sold". Now the picture is not similar, so what position will take Russia in the overall rating will be clear in April. While Turkey is actively being booked, the Russia's growth is insignificant. The Krasnodar Territory and, in particular, Sochi are the leaders of internal tourism", - underlined the expert.
M. Lomidze said that in the winter season all the foreign tourist destinations showed growth from 10 to 45%. And the Chinese island of Hainan is showing an unprecedented 245% growth against 2016. However, the proceeds of sales of tour operators grew only by 10-15%", - she said.