Because of the fall of the ruble, Russian tourists cancel partially paid tours
Continued fall of the ruble has led not only to a decrease in sales of international trips, but also to the abandonment of partially paid tours, according to the press secretary of the Russian Union of Travel Industry Irina Turina.
"Many customers who have made a pre-payment for the tour and now have to pay the remaining part, try to cancel their trips. Just last week, when the euro and the dollar rose, people were just trying to find some other options, like to book the cheaper hotel or to shorten the duration of the trip, but still to go on vacation. And now they are ready to cancel the trip," Irina Tyurina explained.
According to her, tour operators, understand the situation and satisfy the needs of tourists. "In such a situation with the exchange rate, no one will buy tour packages. In crisis, people first of all refuse of delicacies and traveling," Irina Tyurina stated.
On Monday, the euro rose nearly 3 rubles and reached 81.65 rubles. The dollar gained almost 2 rubles, amounting to 71.18 rubles.
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.