Turkish hoteliers, following the results of 2019, plan to increase the volume of Russian tourist traffic, which this year reached about 5 million people (+15%). According to experts, to achieve such ambitious results, hoteliers will not significantly increase prices, but, on the contrary, will show maximum flexibility.
The increase in prices for trips to Turkey was caused by the demand not only on the Russian market, but also on the European one. In the summer 2019, the cost of a tour to the resort can grow by 30–50%, comparing with the prices for 2018.
Almost 90% of foreign tourists arrived this season in Antalya were sent by tour operators, sales of package tours increased by a third. Turkish analysts have calculated which tour operators sent the most number of foreign tourists to the Turkish resort.
According to Turizmdatabank, for 10 months of 2018 (that is, for all high season), 11.5 million foreign tourists visited Antalya, which is 32.2% more than in the same period of 2017.
At the moment, sales of Turkey are already opened by a number of major players. However, experts note that this year the early booking of tours to this country is not as active as in the past.
The cost for rest in Turkey for the next summer season is 20–30% higher than last year. This was reported by travel agencies.
According to the retail networks, nowadays the average price for tours in Turkey for March 2019 is 117 thousand Rubles (1,547 Euros), which is 36 thousand Rubles (476 Euros) more than for the same dates of the previous winter.
Russian tourists helped Antalya to update the historical maximum in the number of foreign arrivals. In the first 10 months of 2018, 12.5 million of foreign travelers visited the resort, 37% of them are the Russians.
According to statistics of two airports of the region - Antalya International Airport and Gazipasha Airport – 12,53 million of foreign tourists arrived in Antalya from January to October (+ 28% compared to the same period of 2017).
The Russian tourist flow to Tunisia for 10 months of 2018 already exceeded by 15% the figures for the whole 2017. This is close to the growth rate of the Turkish resorts.
According to official statistics of Tunisia, as of end of October, 591 thousand Russians have visited Tunisia. This is already 15% higher than the result for the whole 2017 (514 thousand tourists). The Russians are the leaders among Europeans in the number of night stays in Tunisia: almost 5.5 million. This is two times more than the indicators of France and Germany.
The representatives of Turkish Antalya hotels report about a noticeable number of bookings from the Russian market at the end of October. According to their information, the demand is slightly behind the indicators of the “highest” summer months - July and August.
This data is confirmed by Russian retail: the demand for trips to Turkey with departure in the last decade of October was about 1.5 times higher than in the same period last year.
“Intourist tour operator in the summer season - 2018 sent to Turkey almost 700 thousand Russian tourists,” said Sergey Tolchin, the executive director of the company. He also informed about discounts and prices for tours to Turkey in the next season.
According to Mr. Tolchin, with the indicators mentioned above, Intourist became the fourth largest Russian tour operator on the Turkish direction.
In this winter season, two tour operators - ANEX Tour and PEGAS Touristik - perform charter flights to Tunisia.
The flight program of ANEX Tour to Djerba, as in the last season, will be carried out only from Moscow. The flights will be operated from the beginning of December 2018 through March 2019, 2 times a week on the wings of AZUR air on Wednesdays and Sundays.