This year early booking of Turkey is more active than in the past. This was reported by representatives of travel agencies. Thus, according to Maria Leshcheva, Marketing Director of 1001 tour travel agency network, this autumn Turkey's bookings for arrivals from April to October 2018 are already 7.5 times more than in the last year. According to her, the benefit for tourists by early booking program reaches 12-15%. The similar results are in the network of “Shop of last minute travel offers”. According to Elina Zeveleva, the Head of the office, at the moment 7 times more tours are sold than by the end of November 2016. This is understandable - early booking actions started unprecedently early this year: many tour operators launched them in late September - early October, and some companies had prices for tours in late August. At the same time, tourists are ready to purchase tours not at the lowest prices. As Maria Slugina, the Director for the development of the RossTour network, told, the average price in November was 95 thousand Rubles ($ 1623) for two persons. Tour operators confirm the high activity of booking of Turkey and note the good depth of sales. For example, TUI Russia has reservations for October 2018. According to PR-manager of the company Tatyana Kruglova, one of the main reasons for good demand is the desire to buy the best hotels, which in the summer of 2017 quickly stopped the sales. But now it is too early to draw conclusions about what will be the season-2018 in Turkey, since the most active sales will start since January. Not all tour operators have calculated the flight program for all resorts and not all hotels have decided the periods of work. But now you can predict that with such active start of sales, bookings will continue at least at the level of the previous year.
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.