Interest of Russians to Sri Lanka has increased after visa cancellations
The interest of Russian tourists in holidays in Sri Lanka has grown significantly due to lower prices in hotels and the abolition of visas. Tourist flow is recovering from the April attacks on the island. "As of today, the number of bookings for September exceeds the last year’s figure by seven times," the press service of the tour operator Tez Tour reports. The company noted that after the April attacks, hoteliers of Sri Lanka, trying to return tourists, launched a lot of actions - improving of the room category and type of food, discounts and bonus nights.
"The state of emergency in the country was canceled on July 22. The hotels gave good prices and the government canceled visas to return tourists to the destination. Thanks to these measures, the number of bookings is growing," said Marina Makarkova, the head of PR department of tour operator Coral Travel.
According to her, the company decided to resume the charter flight program to Sri Lanka from the end of October. The Royal Flight Airline will begin to fly from Moscow to Colombo on October 27 with a frequency each 11 day.
The tour operator Anex Tour has also increased its flight program to Sri Lanka - in particular, the direct flights from St. Petersburg were added.
As for holiday, the price from the tour operator Coral Travel for a 12-night tour at a 1* hotel, BB costs from 47,5 thousand Rubles (724 Euros) per person, and at a 5* hotel, AI - from 73,5 thousand Rubles (1 120 Euros). "The range of hotels in Sri Lanka is huge - from 1* to 5*, but the price difference is more noticeable than in other countries," said Marina Makarkova. Travelers can choose sightseeing or combined tours, or holidays on sea coast.
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.