ATOR: demand for France will recover to pre-crisis level by the end of the year
“The demand of Russian tourists for holiday in France will recover to pre-crisis level before the end of the year”, - said the Executive director of the Association of Russian Tour Operators Maya Lomidze. "The demand for tours to Paris among Russian tourists stabilized and even has a trend for growth. The results will be known to the end of the year, but it is already clear that the decline, which we have seen after the terrible terrorist attacks in France, it was over at present days. If we talk about the Russian market, the demand for France by the end of the year will be restored to almost pre-crisis level, "- said M. Lomidze. She said that the other European destinations are popular among Russian tourists. “The Russian tourists received 12 thousand visas to France in the first month of the year, it is twice more than in January 2016”, - said earlier the Consul General of France in Russia Mark Sedy. According to the consul, the visas are issued to applicants within 48 hours, and the visitors can expect for multiple French Schengen visas not only of France, but also of the other EU countries. This year, according to the tour operators, France has become one of the most popular destinations for Russians at the February and March holidays.
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.