As of the end of September - beginning of October, preliminary sales of tours to the Maldives for the New Year holidays are 10-15% higher than the rates of bookings in the same dates last year. This information was provided by the leading tour operators on the direction. In this case, as experts explain, some growth in volumes is offset by the fact that even wealthy travelers try to save on the cost of tours. The tourists choose accommodation mainly in hotels 5*, but on the islands of the archipelago, which are closed to the airport of Male, in order to spend less on expensive water transfers. The popularity of hotels offering All Inclusive system is growing, which allows tourists to optimize food costs. In the upcoming winter season Aeroflot airline will increase the frequency of direct flights Moscow-Male from 3-4 times a week to daily. Meanwhile, as noted by observers, many travelers still prefer to book tours with connecting flights of Emirates airlines. The reason is the same - the desire to save, because the tickets of Russian national carrier are on average 20-50% more expensive than tickets of foreign competitors. And the inconveniences of connecting flight do not bother tourists, if, of course, it is not too long. As, for example, flydubai - this airline flies also with a technical landing in Sri Lanka (Colombo). The minimum cost of tours to the Maldives for New Year's dates is now from 132 thousand Rubles (1,732 Euros) for two persons. So much will cost the rest at the hotel 3* with a flight from Moscow on December 28.
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.