Tour operators named the most popular Greek destinations for September-October 2018. Crete, Rhodes and Corfu are in the TOP-3 of the most popular Greek destinations for upcoming autumn season. As Marina Makarkova, the Head of the department of public relations of Coral Travel tour operator said, in the autumn demand are the islands of Crete and Rhodes. Coral Travel customers mostly book chains of Mitsis hotels for the autumn period. ANEX Tour operator also notes that the majority of sales on Greek direction are for of the island of Crete. "Reservations of Crete are going actively due to the higher prominence of this area amongtourists and travel agencies, and the island has more hotels and more transportation", - the press service of the tour operator explained. In the top of the demand are such Cretan resorts as Rethymno, Chersonissos, Malia, Elounda, as well as the resorts of Rhodes - Lindos and Faliraki. Mouzenidis Travel tour operator in the sales leaders for autumn season has Halkidiki, Crete, Corfu, Athens and Peloponnese. "This is explainable by a large range of a good hotels base in these regions, which is currently available at attractive prices", - said Georgy Masmanidis, the CEO of Mouzenidis Travel Greece. According to tour operators, the demand for Greek resorts in September-October is on the level of their expectations and in general is at the level of the last year. Taking into account the fluctuations of the Ruble exchange rate, market participants consider sales of Greece to be "acceptable" for the current situation. Most companies have the demand at the level of the last year, the depth of sales is up to November. Currency volatility in late August and early September initially affected the demand to Greece, but it recovered quickly. As ANEX Tour notes, tourists, who prefer to rest in September, are mostly young people between the ages of 25-30 years, or couples without children. "The average duration of tours is from 7 till 10 nights at the 3-4-stars hotels on BB or HB base. It is due to the fact that the weather becomes more favorable for excursions at this time", - the company explains. According to Biblio-Globus, the cost of the tour for 7 nights with accommodation at a 3-stars hotel on BB starts from 51 000 Rubles (638 Euros) for two persons on Corfu Island, from 74 200 Rubles (928 Euros) on Kos Island., from 42 300 Rubles (529 Euros) on Rhodes and from 49 000 Rubles (613 Euros) on Crete.
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.