Over the past year, Russian tourists spent 15% more for travels than in the past. As the Executive Vice President of Retail and Travel Channels department of Amadeus company, Champa Magesh said, Russians are the leaders in terms of the growth rate of this indicator worldwide, ahead of China, Southeast Asia (10%) and the USA (7%).
The expert called this as a global trend that will intensify every year. And she explained that among travelers dominate ones who are ready to save in other areas of life in order to make a trip. They also prefer to spend money more for getting new experiences than for goods, as it was in the 20-th century.
Champa Magesh also described a portrait of a tourist in the near future. According to her, a modern tourist prefers to arrange tour himself, appreciates a personalized approach, is more demanding, impatient and has no close connections with brands. In addition, he more often book vacations online. So, according to the speaker, by 2024 more than 52% of all trips will be sold through the Internet.
By 2025, the number of travels in the world will increase to 1,4 billion people a year, which, according to the expert, is still insignificant in comparison with the total population of the planet.
“We see an enormous potential for the industry that can be used wisely. In 2017, tourists spent $ 1,7 trillion for travel, and at least half of this money was spent at a vacation points. From the point of view of tourism, the Middle East and African countries are developing fastest - 7%. On the second position is Asia (6%), followed by Europe and the United States (3,5–4,5%),” summarized Magesh.
It is noting that the Russians are actively traveling not only abroad, but also within the country. So, according to the Federal State Statistics Service, in 2018, residents of the Russian Federation spent almost 848 million Euros for domestic tours, which is 14% more than a year earlier. Spending of the Russians tourists abroad grew by 5% and amounted to 3,1 billion Euros.
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.