Taiwan has begun an active struggle for the Russian tourist
This year, 2 times more tourists from Russia came to Taiwan. This was announced by Denis Nikolaev, the official representative of the Information and Tourist Center of Taiwan in Moscow. Now, the volume of the tourist flow is still insignificant, because over the period from January to May, 6.8 thousand Russians visited the country. Nevertheless, there are prospects for its further growth.
The two-fold increase in demand on the market is explained primarily by the fact that in 2019 two airlines have launched direct weekly flights to the island: Royal Flight - from Moscow and S7 - from Vladivostok. “Our program started in May and will end in October. Although we very much hope that it will be extended and become year-round,” said Marina Alekseenko, a representative of ATC Air Service Ltd (consolidator of Royal Flight). The cost of round-trip ticket is about $ 600. On August 16, Royal Flight launches an additional flight from Moscow, where tickets can be bought from $ 120 one way.
However, as observers note, these flights are designed primarily for tourists from Taiwan. Only, on average, 10 seats of a board are in free sale for the Russians. However, Taiwan is now actively fighting for the Russian tourist flow, despite the fact that it is insignificant. Also, the authorities extended a visa-free regime for Russians from 14 to 21 days. Airlines are also ready to provide tour operators with a large number of group seats. As it became known, the Information and Tourist Center of Taiwan in Moscow recently held the first meeting with suppliers of travel services.
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.