Despite the price increase tour operators do not see a fall of demand for tours to Greece
“Tour operators do not see a decline of demand for tour packages to Greece, despite the fact that accommodation facilities have risen in price in comparison with the last season”, - reported Irina Tyurina, the Press-secretary of the Russian Tourist Industry Union (RCT). "Tour operators say that Greece sells well every year and this year due to successful early booking program primarily expensive hotels were sold by attractive prices. Despite the fact that hoteliers raised prices in comparison with the summer of 2017, Russian tourists still actively book rooms", - she said. According to I. Turiny, there is nothing to sell in Greece, the tour operators have sold rooms in spring and first of all it concerns high-quality hotels. The Russians began booking tours in December, when prices did not increase significantly. In many hotels there were "stop-sells" until the end of the season. Some tour operators note that the increase of prices for accommodation in Greece still affected the sale of tours, but in general, the demand is not greatly affected. According to I. Turin, Turkey will not be able to draw tourists from Greece, as in Turkey the middle segment of hotels is “disappearing”, 4-stars hotels have fallen in quality. While Greece offers a greater variety of hotels and resorts. Some tour operators say that the sales volumes of tours to Greece exceed by 20% the last year's figures. Also, an issuance of long Schengen visas to Russians is playing an important role in it.
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.