The agreements on the opening of a new flight from St. Petersburg to Haikou, on the continuation of the flight from Moscow to the same place and on the opening of new flights from several Russian cities to Sanya were signed on September 19. As stated by representatives of a government delegation in Hainan, all of these, as well as an active visa-free policy and various promotions, were the result of the growing demand of the Russians for this area. A steady increase in tourist flow to the island was also confirmed by tour operators.
Svetlana Baranova, the PR-director of the tour operator Tez Tour, said that this southern resort of China is in demand all year round. “In the summer season 2019, the demand from our clients increased by 33,8%. And from the end of summer 2018 to January 2019, our program is represented by flights from Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk and Yekaterinburg on boards with a capacity of 156 seats. From February to May we will add departures from Moscow, Kazan and Ufa. At the same time, the volume of transportation from Novosibirsk and Yekaterinburg was doubled due to bigger airliners (311 seats),” Baranova said.
Since August 1, the tour operator has expanded its own flight program to Hainan. “In the autumn-winter season, the direct non-stop flights to Sanya airport are operated by iFly airline twice a week from six Russian cities on Airbus A330. The flights from Moscow are performed from September 8, 2019, from Yekaterinburg the flight program started from September 11, 2019, since October 13, 2019 - from Samara, since September 10, 2019 - from Novosibirsk, and since August 1-2, 2019 the flights started from Kazan and Ufa,” the expert added. At the moment, we can say that the price level in many popular hotels has significantly decreased compared to the same period of the previous year. A positive impact on the situation had a significant increase in transportation volumes. Nowadays, the depth of booking of tours on the destination already reaches January-2020, for the period of January holidays applications are actively being received.
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.