The flow of tourists to this Caribbean destination, which showed rapid growth in 2017, by the results of 2018 will not reach such high volumes, but will exceed pre-crisis volumes.
Intermediate results of the study, organized by "BANKO" service for the preparation of rating of popular destinations in the winter-2018/2019, reported about changes in the preferences of tourists. At the moment, 260 firms from Moscow and Moscow region took part in the study.
The winter season 2018–2019 for the Dominican Republic looks promising in terms of the growth of tourist traffic from Russia. The main reasons are - the increase in charter traffic and the widening of new destinations in this Caribbean country by tour operators. Finally, the pricing policy of tour operators, including special prices from accommodation providers, also plays a significant role.
Tour operator ANEX Tour opened the sale of tours to the Dominican Republic on the action of early booking for the summer season 2019. According to the company, the volume of guaranteed hotel rooms in the Dominican Republic is 80%. Discounts on accommodation from hotels reach 35%.
The action of early booking of tours will last from November to March 2019. Current discounts from hotels are from 10 to 35%.
According to the Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic, the total amount of incoming tourist traffic for the period from January to September 2018 amounted to 5.731 million foreign tourists, of which the majority came by air transport and 722.6 thousand - by cruise liners.
For the three quarters of the current year, 5.009 million people came by air in Dominican, which is 6.3% more compared to the same period in 2017. September showed a greater annual increase of foreign tourists in the country - 16.4%.
The tours to the Dominican Republic for the nearest dates are sold at prices comparable to the cost of air tickets. Thus, the weekly tours with departures from Moscow on October 11 are offered in the booking systems of tour operators from 89 thousand Rubles ($ 1,333) for two persons.
According to market participants, sales of Dominican direction in September are going in compliance of the announced plans. ANEX Tour, characterizing the high demand for the direction, pays attention to the prevalence of the concept of "all-inclusive", possessing of huge areas of local hotels and high-level animation in Dominican Republic.
All of this makes the direction a winter "analogue of Turkey" for the Russian tourist, who is ready to pay for the preferable and habitual format of rest.
According to the dynamics of sales, Dominican is now one of the leaders of "winter beach" and tour operators, who have expanded their flight programs this season to Dominican, note active demand.
“More than 13 thousand tourists from Russia visited the Dominican Republic in August, it is four times more than in the same month of the last year”, - reported in the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) on Thursday.
"This year most Russians arrived in the Dominican Republic in January - 8.682 thousand, in July -. 8.097 thousand, as well as in August - 13.328 thousand. The growth of demand is explained by reduction of the tour prices due to the expansion of proposal" - said in a statement.
Hanoi, Warsaw and Sharm el-Sheikh became the most accessible destinations for city break tours for Russian travelers, according to the study of TripAdvisor. The annual study TripIndex Cities compared three-day stay in the period from June to August in 40 key urban tourist centers of the world. It was based on the standard cost of a trip for two people:
- Accommodation for three days in a 4-star hotel,
- Visit to the three sites,
- Lunch at any of these days,