For many years, Austria's ski resorts have been one of the most popular with Russian visitors. But this year, a significant drop in the tourist flow from Russia has been recorded. Among reasons for that are the economic recession and the unfavorable rouble-euro exchange rate.
According to Austrian Statistical Office's data, the number of Russian guests in the country's mountain hotels has gone down by almost 28%.
Despite the growing number of Swiss, British, and Polish tourists, the overall number of booked beds decreased by 0.3% - reports DW.de. Besides, say Austrian travel sector players, one should not count on the comeback of Russian tourists any time soon: advance bookings for the following season show that there're going to be much less Russians than in previous years. In addition to that, the guests from other countries are now trying to save as much money as possible. So the Austrian resorts are now missing the Russians' purchasing power pretty badly.
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.