Last winter Russian tourists spent about 200 thousand nights in the French Alps
According to Inessa Korotkova, the head of the national office for tourism development in France (Atout France), Russian skiers and snowboarders spent about 200 thousand nights at the resorts of the French Alps last winter season. As Inessa Korotkova underlined, the skiing region Three Valleys, where the most famous resorts Courchevel, Meribel and Val Thorens are located, is the leader in popularity among Russian tourists. Over the past winter the Russians spent 140 000 night stays at hotels here. On the second position is the Paradiski region with the resorts of Les Arcs and La Plagne. There, the number of Russian night stays exceeded 40 thousand.
“We conducted a survey of tourists, which showed that the Russians choose France for their winter holidays, primarily due to the largest ski areas in the world - Three Valleys, Paradiski and Porte du Soleil. The second important reason is the quality of the snow and the variety of tracks. Ski schools, snow parks, gastronomy and cultural heritage are also important,” Korotkova added. In general, choosing a ski resort for holidays, 72% of skiers pay attention primarily to the price, 69% - to skiing conditions. The location of the resort is important for 43% of the Russians and the availability of additional entertainment is important for 28%. According to the survey, 37% of the Russian tourists choose apartments for accommodation, 22% - chalets, 15% - hotels 3* and 4*, 3% - tourist residences, 3% - hotels 2* and 5*. Half of the tourists choose trips to ski resorts lasting 7-10 days, 22% - 11-14 days, 28% - up to seven days.
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.