PAС Group plans to send 35% more tourists to cruises in 2018
Based on a result of 2017, the tour operator served 24 thousand cruise travelers. This year PAC Group plans to exceed the level of 32-thousand. The management of PAC Group tour operator and MSC Cruises company announced their plans to develop sales of sea cruises on the Russian market. PAC Group General Director Ilya Itkin noted that MSC Cruises is growing faster than the cruise market as a whole, and by 2026 it will be the third largest cruises company in the world. As for the Russian market and the markets of 9 other countries where the company operates, in 2018 the PAC Group plans to transport about 32.5 thousand tourists by MSC liners. "This figure is more than real, since in February 2018 the number of bookings of sea cruises in PAC Group increased by 88% against February 2017", - Mr. Itkin said. The company plans to reach an annual growth of 30%. So, in 2020 it is planned to serve 52 thousand tourists, and in 2026 - 100 thousand tourists. In 2017 the number of agencies that began selling sea cruises from PAC Group grew by 40% in comparison with 2016, reaching a figure of 2500. The volume of sales in agencies grew by 61%.
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.