News about the imminent opening of Egypt did not cause a massive surge of interest from Russian tourists. These are the results of a travel agent survey conducted by the TourDom.ru porta.
The experts explained: travel agencies will not receive request for tours until a clear statement of the authorities on the permission for the airports of Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh to serve airplanes from the Russian Federation will be made. According to Anna Tsitsulina, the TriAtur company’s general director, the tourists “have ceased to believe in fairy tales repeated in the media more than 150 times,” and do not pay attention to them.
The same opinion is shared by the head of the Tourist Dom, Andrei Burmitsky. He said that the only person who was interested in tours to Egypt was his wife. “Don't even ask. Because no one believes. Those, who strongly want to go to Egypt, do it themselves - we book for them only accommodation, they get to Egypt independently. And the bulk is waiting for charters. I myself, to be honest, I doubt that air communication with the resorts will be resumed in the near future,” said Burmitsky.
The retail market notes only isolated instances of a surge of interest to Egypt, and clarify that mostly it is connected with the additional advertising of the agency itself. According to Yury Khanamiryan, the general director of the company “Khan-Tour”, he is already actively promoting tours to Egypt on the website. “People see it, come in and ask how much the tour will cost after opening flights and how much it costs now. The tours with a change in Cairo cost 150-200 thousand Rubles (1,977 – 2,638 Euros), for this money two persons can fly to Cuba. Such prices, of course, are scaring away, as the prospect of a 6-hour trip from the capital of Egypt by bus. According to my estimates, after the opening of charter lines, the price for two persons will start from 50 thousand Rubles (660 Euros) at a 3-stars hotel and from 75 thousand (990 Euros) - at 5-stars hotel on AI basis,” said the expert.
Recall, in the opinion of the tour operators themselves, there are all the chances for the appearance of tours on sale before the end of this year.
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.