Croatia became more popular among Russian tour operators
The number of Russian tour operators who will send tourists to Croatia tripled compared to the last year, according to the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR), referring to the head offices of Tourism of Croatia Rajko Ruzicka. He, in particular, said that Coral Travel, PAC Group, Vedi tour group and Spectrum will offer summer tours to Croatia. In addition, the number of flights from Russian cities to the Croatian resorts increased by 1,5 times. Regular flights from Moscow to Dubrovnik, Split, Pula and Zagreb will be performed by Aeroflot, Ural Airlines and Red Wings. Also, negotiations are going on the flight programs from St. Petersburg, Kazan and Yekaterinburg. The national air carrier, Croatia Airlines, who which does not fly to Russia for about 10 years, is also planning to launch flights from Zagreb to St. Petersburg. As noted in the ATOR, Croatian hoteliers plan not to increase the prices for accommodation for the Russians this year. Another advantage of Croatia will be more simple in comparison with other European countries, the procedure for obtaining visas. Tourists are not necessarily to be present in person for the submission of documents. Now Russian tour operators are accredited by the Croatian Embassy in Moscow. It was originally to last from January 15 to March 15, but is expected to move it to the middle of May. Also, the Croatian National Tourism Office will launch a new advertising campaign for Russia. The country expects the number of tourists from Russia this year to grow by 25-30% in comparison with the past.
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.