For May Holidays Russians go to Egypt, Turkey and the Black Sea coast
The most popular destinations for May holidays among Russian travelers will be Turkey and Egypt, as the survey among tour operators conducted of Interfax-Tourism stated. Some of the companies also talk about decrease in numbers of tourists compared to last year.
"The drop in tourist flow during the May holidays compared with last year is about 25%", as PR department of tour operator Coral Travel said. The company said that the most popular destinations of May were Turkey and Egypt. The biggest demand in Turkey for these dates is fir hotels with good infrastructure.
"The main feature of this season is that sales have shifted literally at the last moment. Two weeks before May holidays the sales started to be vey intensive, now tourists buy almost everything. This is due to the unstable situation and changing currency exchange rate, so people do not know what might happen tomorrow, and they postpone expensive purchases until the last moment. All our destinations are sold at the same level, both Europe and Turkey. Main bestsellers are United Arab Emirates, Spain and Egypt "- the president of the group of companies Natalie Tours Vladimir Vorobiev said.
According to him, in this May, the demand exceeds the supply. "In the past years, often there were unsold tours which were sold very cheap in the last moment. But this year, due to the fact that the proposals were balanced, this was avoided," Vladimir Vorobiev said.
As an analyst of TUI Russia Kseniya Mazurova noted, on a number of destinations the tour packages for May holidays are already sold out. "Now the leaders of sales are Turkey and Egypt, followed by Italy, Cyprus, and Greece. A year ago, among the European destinations Spain was on the first place, the Czech Republic on the second, Followed by Cyprus, and Greece was only after them all", she specified.
The TUI Russia noted that the average check per person in dollars this year turned out to be about 25% lower than in the past. "This is due to discounts from hoteliers in many countries who tried to keep prices for Russian customers," - Kseniya Mazurova explained. The popular duration of tours on May holidays, as she said, is 4 and 7 nights.
"For May holidays such destinations as Cyprus, Egypt, Turkey, and Greece are still very popular. But the new trend of this year is domestic tourism. Now we have daily up to 1,500 bookings for tours within Russia. Popular resorts are on Krasnodar destination and in the Crimea. In the south of Russia it is already good weather, many hotels have heated swimming pools. In addition, during this period you can combine holidays with a spa treatment at competitive prices", the press department of the tour operator Biblio Globus reported.
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.