Russians are ready to shift dates in order to spend the winter holidays in hot countries
An inquiry of Moscow and regional tour agencies, offering NY tours, has showed a wide variation in the assessment of the current sales - from a significant plus to a significant minus.
Moscow tourists lower spending on leisure, many of them will celebrate the New Year at home or shift the departure dates on January 5-6. Recently our customers have requested Seychelles, but after learning the cost of the trip, they decided to fly there in early December.
Also Czech Republic, Germany are in demand, from distant countries are - Thailand, Dominican Republic, Maldives. But today Maldives are expensive beyond all reason. This year, the New Year Maldives rose in price by 40%. Noticeably increased the tours to Dominican Republic and Emirates,
According to the Director of "Damir Tour" Marina Fedorova, decreasing sales of NY tours was 30% against 2015. Now Tunisia, UAE and ski resorts in Europe are in demand. "Our regular visitors know what they want, they ready to shift dates, especially families with children. Sri Lanka is rising in popularity", - she noted. Skiers usually travel in January, the other customers - directly in New Year period. Tunisia is good, last year it was beyond the demand. Ms. Fedorova hopes that in near future the tourists will book Georgia and Armenia, these destinations are also in requests among customers.
According to General Director of the Kaliningrad company "Boutique of traveling" Daria Likhoded, the tours of middle segment critically decreased in crisis time, but the wealthy clients have a rest around the world as usual. On the average, the number of tourists is at the level of November 2015. The customers are requesting Thailand, Dominican Republic and Tenerife. There are no direct flights from Kaliningrad to abroad destinations, so the locals use the airports of Poland, Germany, Lithuania, which, as a rule, they reach by automobiles. And from Moscow no one is flying - far away and expensive", - noticed our interlocutor.
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.