According to the opinion of the majority of market participants, proposal of Turkey in this season has little effect on demand for Cyprus. Sales show that Cyprus did not sink, but on the contrary – it is growing. Almost all of the tour operators noted the extremely successful sales of the direction by the early booking program. "The demand for the direction has grown and at the same time we have a good depth of sales. 50% of tickets till the end of August are sold and 15-20% - until October", - said Marina Makarkova the Head of the public relations department of Coral Travel tour operator. According to her information, today among the clients of the company are most popular time for holiday is end of June - beginning of July, but “the last minute purchasing” also take place: thanks to the fact that Russian citizens can receive visa to Cyprus during 2 days. The preferences of Russians have not changed: in the top demand are all the same resorts of Ayia Napa and Protaras, Limassol and Paphos. So according to TUI data, 3,4 –stars hotels in Ayia Napa and Protaras on Half Вoard and All Inclusive bases are in demand now, apart hotels near the sea or at the first line are also popular. The average duration of the holidays is 12 days. By the end of 2016, Cyprus has hosted 780,000 Russian tourists, which was a record indicator for the Russian market. Cyprus Tourism Organization says that they expect at least to host the same number of Russian tourists as in 2016, and under favorable conditions - to increase this number by 10-15%.
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.