Market participants, predicting the demand for the next season, note a number of important factors that may affect sales. First, as experts say, in conditions of rising fuel prices charter carriers, affiliated with tour operators, will prefer to fly more in those directions where subsidies from foreign countries are available.
Tour operators summed up the results of the season-2018 in Bulgaria and named possible conditions for growth in sales on the direction next year. Sales of Bulgaria in autumn season are still going well, but some seasonal special offers will not be enough for the growth of mass summer tourism.
According to tour operators, the sales of tours to Bulgaria for this autumn season are more active than for the autumn one of the last year. According to ICS Travel Group, demand has grown by 15-20% on a year-on-year basis, bookings reach the end of October.
Russia is on the second place in the number of tourists who visited Bulgaria this year. As the Minister of Tourism of Bulgaria Nikolina Angelkova said, at present time the growth has already exceeded 30%, according to the number of visas issued to Russians. In the summer time it has reached 40%. This includes both the Russian organized tourists, who come and were accommodated in hotels, and individual one.
Bulgaria will reduce the visa issuing procedure for Russian tourists to 48 hours, on Friday the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR), citing the Ministry of Tourism of Bulgaria, reported.
"In particular, for the implementation of the rapid processing of visa procedures for citizens of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Tourism of Bulgaria has transferred to the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry 331 thousand leva ($ 193 thousand)," a statement said.
Tour operators predict a decrease in the number of Russian tourists to Bulgaria by 20% for the year, the Tourism Attache of the Bulgarian Embassy in the Russian Federation Katya Zhekova reported on Thursday. "In the summer the situation with tourists from Russia was, of course, more difficult than in the last year. Tour operators say that by the end of the year the overall decline in tourist's flow from Russia may reach 20%," Katja Zhekova said.
The reducing of the tourist flow fromRussia to Bulgaria this year will be about 30%, according to the news portal Bulgaria Today with a reference to the country's tourism minister Nikolina Angelkova. The lack of tourists from Russia and Ukraine, was noted already in winter, but growing number of tourists from Turkey, Israel, Serbia, and Romania allowed Bulgaria to finish the winter tourist season quite successfully, with a profit of 17.5 million euro.
Armenia, Georgia, Lithuania, and Latvia offer the cheapest tours for holidays in summer 2015, according to the the study of online travel market DaTravel.com.
In addition to these countries, in the list of budget destinations there are Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, and Germany. Among beach destinations the best prices offer Turkey and Egypt.
Summer vacation in Russia will cost tourists from Russia an average 3.2 thousand rubles for accommodation per day, which is 30% less than abroad, the press department of tourist service Travel.ru reported, after analysis of the number of planned trips .
Because of the strengthening of the ruble, the demand for tours to Europe in April doubled in comparison to March , the press department of the tour operator TUI Russia reported.
The company explained that they analyzed the demand for summer tours for Early Bird action, which was held from December 2014 to April 2015. Based on its results, the overall sales growth was by 40%.