The average price for round flight Moscow - Bangkok for the New Year dates increased by 24%. Last year the cost of air tickets for January 1-10 was at the level of 27,245 Rubles ($ 414) and this year is 33,964 Rubles ($ 515) (for one person). Such data were provided by Biletix.ru online aggregator. The prices were analyzed for the period of sales from January to September. The leading tour operators confirmed the fact of increasing the price for New Year's holiday in Thailand. According to Anna Pidgornaya, General Director of Pegasus, the cost of tours in this direction has increased by 10-15%. In her opinion, it is not beyond the framework of traditional annual price increases. ANEX Tour operator said that the reason is - fluctuations of the exchange rates. At the same time, travel service providers do not notice a decrease of demand due to a rise of prices for tour packages, although it is too early to draw final conclusions – the sales of New Year's products are not on the pitch. We may note that now a direct flight from Moscow to the capital of Thailand for the New Year cost at least 130 thousand Rubles ($ 1,975) for two persons. The cost of tours of companies, which have their own transportation, is about the same level. So, tour operators are not concerned about competition with Aeroflot, which has seriously increased its flight program to Bangkok and Phuket. But if the national carrier again declares an oversell, the providers of tourist services do not exclude that they will have to reduce prices.
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.