Russian tourists spent almost a billion Euros in Catalonia in 2016
“The Russian tourists spent 972 million Euros in Catalonia in 2016, which is 23% more than a year ago”, - said the Secretary of the Tourism Ministry of the region Joan Aregeau. "In 2016, Catalonia was visited by 560,000 Russian tourists, 4% more than a year earlier. They spent 972 million Euros for the rest period, 23% more than the result of 2015", - he stressed at the press conference at the MITT exhibition. According to J.Aregeau, now the depth of sales of tours to Catalonia on the Russian market is higher than a year ago. "The Euro for Russians fell by 20% compared with March 2016. Now we can not return to the level of 2014, when Catalonia received up to a million tourists, but the situation is much better than in the last year. The number of scheduled flights to the region increased by 9%. Totally 1683 regular flights of different airlines are scheduled. Last year, 50% of the flow of Russian tourists was taken by regular flights, another 50% - by charters, According to him, two-thirds of Russians come to the region from Moscow and St. Petersburg, a third - from the regions. "We expect a 10% increase of the tourist flow in 2017. Expectations could be higher, but the return of Turkey on the market has corrected the plans. Turkey is a serious competitor for Spain", - said Tourism director of the business department of Catalonia Octavi Bono.
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.