How the collapse of the ruble will affect the choice of tourists
On the Forex market, the Russian currency has reached record low values over the past 4 years - 75 rubles per dollar and almost 86 - per euro amid falling oil prices. The calculations on the tourist market are based on the MICEX (Moscow Interbank Currency Exchange) rate. Representatives of travel agencies predicted how the behavior of Russian tourists will change.
“First of all, tourists will abandon those destinations where you need to pay extra for something,” said Alexan Mkrtchyan, director general of Pink Elephant travel agency network. - And these are any European resorts. Less people will definitely go there, few of them will want to take additional excursions.” All-inclusive resorts will be in a stable popularity, because it is important for people to know the final price of their vacation.
The topic is resonant in social networks. So, the tourist agency recalls the times when the ruble exchange rate was equally unprofitable. But the tourists made holidays even at expensive resorts, they just took not 2 weeks, but 10 days, for example.
However, there are many agents who are sure that the tourist will take a wait position until the course becomes more or less stable.
According to travel agents, tourists, flying abroad in the coming days and not having time to exchange rubles in advance, will experience unpleasant emotions - they will have to pay extra for converting at an increased rate.
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.