After the attack, the demand for tours to Tunisia fell by 40%
The demand for tours to Tunisia fell by 40%, but the Russian tour companies do not reduce the prices for tour packages, the Assosiation of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) informed referring to the tour operators. According to ATOR, after the terrorist attack in Sousse, demand for tours to Tunisia has dropped significantly: some tour operators have reported about almost complete standstill, the others about the partial reduction of bookings, most of tour operators observed decline by about 40%.
The decline in demand has not led to a mass appearance of special offers. "Immediately after the incident, some of hotels in Sousse began to withdrawal "stop sales", like Iberostar chain of hotels. Iberostar is focused on the Europeam market most of all, and that means that Europeans cancelled their trips. Then some individual hotels sent special offers, but I would not say there were many, "the head of the Tunisian Department of Russian Express Marina Zaikina said.
According to ATOR, Russian tour operators do not reduce prices for tours to Tunisia. This is due to the fact that this year most of the market managed to work without hard commitments. In addition, tour operators say that tourists refuse to buy flight tickets to Tunisia not due to the high prices. On the contrary, according ATOR, this year Tunisia offers some of the most attractive tariffs: 7-night tour for two people to 3-star hotel starting at 22.5 thousand rubles (about $390).
Yury Mishchenko, graduated from Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, has more than 15 years experience in tourism and travel. Working both in tour operator company as destination manager, and in travel agency as sales manager, he is focused on analysis of Russian tour operators’ daily routine. Recently, Yury works in Baginet Marketing and Sales Agency.