According to tour operators, the sales of tours to Bulgaria for this autumn season are more active than for the autumn one of the last year. According to ICS Travel Group, demand has grown by 15-20% on a year-on-year basis, bookings reach the end of October. According to Intourist tour operator, the demand has grown due to a decrease of the cost of tours. "The prices for accommodation in hotels in Bulgaria have fallen, the weather is good. In addition, the autumn season is a wonderful period for the rest without noise with a lot of fruit and balneotherapy. Tourists now mostly buy tour packages to Bulgaria for October", - Mr. Tolchin, executive director of the tour operator, said. According to him, the prices decreased due to appearance of special offers (which were not in the summer) from hotels. Autumn special offers are both discounts from the cost of accommodation and the provision of free nights. And all of it is not enough. Autumn demand for Bulgaria is stimulated not only by bonus action of hotels, but also by tour operators and airlines themselves. So, ANEX Tour conducts a motivating action for partners for the certain number of hotels in Bulgaria - "Book and rest with us 1000 and 1 night". "This action allows you to book tours and get free nights in the hotels of well-known chains. At present time the action is in force. The dynamics of prices during the season was different, but many proposals for September were with a discount up to 30%", - explained Ms. Chernyavskaya, the head of the Bulgarian direction of ANEX Tour operator,. According to tour operators, Russians for autumn season mostly book the most popular resorts in Bulgaria: Sunny Beach, Nessebar, Golden Sands, St. Constantine and Elena beach. As TUI Russia operator says, Varna became the hit of September, in particular - Golden Sands resort. "Most often tourists choose a package tour, which includes air transportation, accommodation in 4-5-stars hotels on an all-inclusive basis. And average duration of tour is 9 nights", - the tour operator's press service said. As for the minimum prices for Bulgaria in this autumn, in the second half of September, TUI Russia offered tours from 49 thousand Rubles (643 Euros) for a week on the coast of Bulgaria for two persons in a 2-stars hotel with breakfast. The tour from Intourist tour operator for two persons to Varna for 7 days starts from 31,631 Rubles (415 Euros).
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.