Sri Lanka this year notes the growth of the Russian tourist flow - despite currency fluctuations. The new direct flights of Aeroflot increased the demand to Sri Lanka and tour operators say about the good load of charters. According to official statistics of Sri Lanka, from January to August 2018 this country was visited by almost 40.5 thousand Russians. In the same period of the last year Sri Lanka hosted 35.9 thousand tourists from Russia (+12.8%). In August this year, the country was visited by 1.2 thousand of Russian citizens, which is 7.7% higher than in August last year. Recall that last year Sri Lanka was visited by 59.2 thousand Russian tourists. This is 1.7% more than in 2016. Tour operators say that the trend for the growing popularity of the direction on the Russian market continues to grow. Sales of winter Sri Lanka started this year successfully. According to ANEX Tour operator, in late August the flights from Moscow and Yekaterinburg to Sri Lanka from October to November are closed by more than 35%, and for the New Year's dates already 50% of tours are sold. The tour operator opened sales of Sri Lanka in May, increasing its flight program by 2.5 times against the last year. Coral Travel tour operator opened sales of Sri Lanka in July. The company notes that the demand for the direction has increased almost three fold in comparison with the last year. Tour operators consider increasing of the interest of tourists to the optimal price-quality ratio by weakened ruble In the leaders of demand are 3-stars hotels, as well as the popular 4-stars accommodation. The demand for 5-stars hotels is still lower than in the last year. Part of the 5-stars hotels on Sri Lanka raised their prices, so the interest of Russian tourists for them is not broad. The most popular duration of the rest at Sri Lanka resorts is 10-12 days.
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.