Tourists are not ready to refuse from tours to Italy, despite rising cost compared with last year. In summer, tour operators reported about increasing in demand for Italy up to 30–40%. But by the end of the summer season, the activity of tourists decreased. The reasons were a jump of ruble exchange rate against euro and dollar, the World Cup in Russia and a significant increase in the volume on Turkish destination.
In the framework of early booking the rate of sales of ski tours in the Alps this year is higher than last year. And the best results belong to Italy. “The depth of sales is also good. For example, it is already difficult to find accommodation in the expensive segment for the New Year. Economy offers have not yet been sold fully,” reported Pac Group tour operator at the presentation of Dolomiti Superski resort.
Italy and Spain have became the most popular European destinations for Russian tourists in the autumn season of 2016 - the portal "Interfax-Tourism" was reported in the “BSI group” company.
"In autumn period the demand to Italy among the Russian tourists increased by 37% in comparison with the same period of the last year, to Spain – by 35%. The list of the other popular European countries includes Hungary, Germany, Netherlands, Czech Republic, France, Great Britain, Slovenia, and Austria ", - noted in the company.
Prague and Sochi were the most popular destinations among Russian users of online hypermarket DaTravel.com for the June holidays devoted to Day of Russia (June 12), the press service of the company reported to Interfax.
Leaders on the number of tickets sold online on DaTravel.com for a period of three festive days in June were Prague and Sochi. On the dates between 12 to 15 June there were 14% of sold flights departing from Moscow to Prague and 11% from Moscow to Sochi.
Summer vacation in Russia will cost tourists from Russia an average 3.2 thousand rubles for accommodation per day, which is 30% less than abroad, the press department of tourist service Travel.ru reported, after analysis of the number of planned trips .
The number of Russians who visited Italy in February 2015 decreased by 21.9% compared with the same month of the last year and amounted 50 thousand people. However, their total expenditure fell by 48.8%, from 86 million to 44 million euros, according to data released by the Bank of Italy.
The total number of tourists in Italy increased in February by 7.4% to 4.4 million people, including the tourists from the European Union (+ 7.5%), from the United States (+12.1%), from China (+66 7%), from Japan (+136.4%).
Because of the strengthening of the ruble, the demand for tours to Europe in April doubled in comparison to March , the press department of the tour operator TUI Russia reported.
The company explained that they analyzed the demand for summer tours for Early Bird action, which was held from December 2014 to April 2015. Based on its results, the overall sales growth was by 40%.
Almost all major Russian tour operators have reduced the volume of outgoing tourism. The reductions mainly affected regional programs, meanwhile the tourist flow from Moscow is almost on the same level, as the survey conducted by Interfax Tourism shows.
Rome is interested in more cooperation with Russia in the tourism sector. Italy launched a Russian web page about tourism to Italy, as the Italian Embassy in the Russian Federation reported to Interfax.
"Tourism is an important tool for the development of relations between our countries, which is why web site latuaitalia.it" was created, the Italian embassy said.
The embassy said that the project was the result of a successful Italian-Russian cross-Tourism Year held in 2012-2013, which allowed to increase the flow of Russian tourists in Italy.
The most popular destinations for May holidays among Russian travelers will be Turkey and Egypt, as the survey among tour operators conducted of Interfax-Tourism stated. Some of the companies also talk about decrease in numbers of tourists compared to last year.
"The drop in tourist flow during the May holidays compared with last year is about 25%", as PR department of tour operator Coral Travel said. The company said that the most popular destinations of May were Turkey and Egypt. The biggest demand in Turkey for these dates is fir hotels with good infrastructure.