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Summer 2020: Kazan will actively fly to Heraklion
Tour operators began to arrange flight programs from Kazan for the new season. Among the most noticeable changes compared 2019 are increasing of flights to the capital of Crete.
Nordwind Airlines to launch flights from Kaluga to Turkey, Greece and Tunisia in spring
Since April 29, 2020, Nordwind Airlines starts charter flights from Kaluga airport to Antalya (Turkey) and from May 23, 2020 to Heraklion (Greece) and Monastir (Tunisia).
Last-minute tours to Turkey attracted a part of tourists from Greece
The official statistics of Greece, taking into account all the arrivals of tourists, shows that by the end of the year the drop in tourist flow from Russia will not exceed 5%. The largest negative trend was shown by the most popular tourist destination - Crete, where the decline was 12,4%.
24-hour flight from Russia to sail in Greek island of Kos. What is the price of a dream?
I love talking to travelers. This October, on the way from Athens to Moscow my flight mate was a man of about my age. During four-hour flight I found out that Maxim and his friends rented a small yacht in Kos harbour. The team travelled about three weeks from one Greek island to another, enjoying the sea, warm welcome of locals, and excellent food. Maxim described me his journey in all the details, although the most challenging part of the story was not about traveling in Greece, but about getting there.
Results of season 2019 for Greece
The summer season in Greece came to the end. It’s high time to speak about the result and make some conclusions. We have turned to Russian tour operators working on the destination. Almost all operators consider the season 2019 in Greece as rather successful. But the situation is different for mass market tour operators and those who works on requests only.
Greece expects to break new record in 2020, but not from Russia
From January to September Russians made 14,18 million tourist trips abroad, which is 9,2% more than the same period a year earlier. Greece is on the fifth line of preferences with 561 thousand Russian tourists’ visits.
Different Numbers for Greece?
Thinking about number of Russian tourists annually visiting Greece, I was surprised that data of various sources differ so much. I analyzed statistics of Bank of Greece, Consulates of Greece in Russia, Russian Statistics Service, and Russian Border Service.
In autumn Russian tourists book tours to Greece, Italy and Turkey
In the autumn the demand for European destinations such as Greece, Italy and Bulgaria has grown. The demand for autumn holidays in 2019 increased by 26% compared to last year.
Early booking to Greece 2020 has started earlier than a year ago
Several tour operators in Russia noted the growth of interest to early booking to Greece. Thus Alexander Tsandekidi Mouzenidis Travel TO CEO reported about 700 persons booked for summer season 2020. And that is 20 times more than the same period of the last year. Each year more tourists are booking beforehand to avoid currency, hotel and flight cost changes.
Tez Tour: Russian tourists book more high-level hotels for autumn
More and more Russian travelers are choosing high-level hotels for the autumn season. This is the conclusion made by the experts of Tez Tour after analysis of bookings on more than 30 destinations for dates from September to mid-October 2019.
Outbound tourist flow from Russia increased by 6.67% in the first half of the year
In January-June 2019, citizens of the Russian Federation made 21 212 095 trips abroad. This is 6.67% more than in the same period of the last year. Turkey became the leader of outbound tourism, Italy is growing rapidly and tourist flow to Thailand has slightly decreased.
Less Russian tourists will visit Greece this year
2019 summer statistic looks not optimistic for Greece, at least from Russia. According to Heraklion airport information, the number of tourists’ arrivals is 20% lower than during the same period in 2018. Anex Tour has planned less charters to Crete from Moscow from five to three weekly, having the same two flights from Moscow to Rhodes. But tour operator has increased the number of seats on the regular flights base. Mouzenidis Travel cancelled Moscow – Chania charter in the very beginning of the season and decreased the number of flights on route Moscow — Heraklion from twice a day to one, although instead of Airbus A319 and Boeing 737 tourists fly on Airbus A320. Coral Travel had to cancel one charter on the route Moscow-Heraklion on Fridays from 19/07/19. Earlier this operator has also cancelled flights on Moscow – Chania, Samara — Heraklion, S-Petersburg — Rhodes and Rostov-on-Don — Rhodes programs. PR director of the company Marina Makarkova explained that the programs were not loaded well.
Prices of tours to the Greek Island of Rhodes have dropped
Next week seven-day tour packages to the island of Rhodes with departures from Moscow are sold at prices from 28 thousand Rubles (396 Euros) for two persons. It is cheaper than at the beginning of July, when prices started from 32 thousand Rubles (452 Euros). Thus, the previous forecasts of market participants on activation of demand closer to August are not yet justified.
Russian tourist flow in Crete is decreasing
Interest for Crete among Russians this year is obviously weaker than in the past: the tourist flow shows a negative trend since spring. In June, despite the expectations of tour operators, the picture did not change: for the first month of summer, 54 thousand tourists from Russia came to the Greek island – it is almost 20% less than in 2018. This is evidenced by the official statistics of the airport of Heraklion.
Early booking of tours to Greece for the summer of 2020 is already opened
Already at the height of the current season Mouzenidis Travel tour operator opened the early booking of tours to Greece for the summer of 2020. Discounts for accommodation in club hotels of the chain Bomo now reach 40%. According to the press service of Mouzenidis Travel, the early booking of tours to Greece for the 2020 season, which started on July 8, will be held until March 31, 2020 in 4 stages.
Tour operators continue to cancel flights to Greece
The flight program of Coral Travel – Moscow/Heraklion - is optimized: one of the five flight chains is removed (from July 19 to October 11) on Fridays. This was reported by a representative of the tour operator. “The reason is insufficient loading of boards.
Coral Travel canceled flights to Rhodes from St. Petersburg
Coral Travel canceled the flight program to Rhodes from St. Petersburg From 05.07.2019 (the company had previously canceled flights from Rostov-on-Don). According to travel agents, tourists are not satisfied with the proposed alternatives - departures from Moscow or only ground service without air ticket compensation. The tour operator explained the cancellation of flights by low loading of boards.
Russian tourists flow in Greece dropped a little
Russian tourist flow to Greece this year continues to decline. So, in May, in Heraklion arrived 21% less the Russians than a year earlier – only 32 thousand people. This information was provided by the official statistics of the airport.
No more Rhodes from Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Tour operator Coral Travel (Odeon) is the leader of the Rhodes destination this year in Russia. Five Russian cities with more than million population were chosen for charter program to Diagoras airport (Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Rostov-on-Don and Krasnodar). As travel agents say, with early booking discounts, start of the program was booked well. All the flight programs are being fulfilled now.
For the first quarter of 2019 Russian tourists spent 6 million Euros in Greece
Russian tourists spent 6 million Euros in Greece in January-March 2019, which is almost 70% more than during the same period last year, the portal Argophilia reports. "According to the Bank of Greece, for the first quarter of 2019, the banks’ revenues amounted to 212 million (plus 40%), this is due to increased spending of travelers.
The tour operator has canceled the flight program in the Greek Chania
Tours to Chania (Crete), formed on Ural Airlines flights, have disappeared from the Coral Travel online booking system. Retail partners of the tour operator reported about this on June 5. Marina Makarkova, the head of public relations department at Coral Travel, confirmed: the program was canceled due to insufficient loading.
Ellinair starts flights to Thessaloniki from Ekaterinburg
Since June 1, 2019, Ellinair operates flights to Thessaloniki twice a week on Airbus A320 (180 passengers) or on Airbus A319 (144 passengers) from international airport Koltzovo in Ekaterinburg. Departure from Koltzovo is planned at 06:35 on Saturday and at 06:00 on Wednesday. Flight duration equals 4 hours and 50 minutes.