The demand for tours to Turkey has broken all the records in October
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.
Some tour operator companies, the leaders on the destination, say about the increase of sales in October. Thus, according to Anna Podgornaya, the General Director of Pegas LLC, the demand for Turkish resorts was 20% higher than in October 2017. Similar figures are named by the executive director of Intourist, Sergei Tolchin. Alexander Burtin, the commercial director of TEZ TOUR, confirms that the tours for this period were sold better than a year earlier.
Experts name several factors contributed for this surge of demand. First of all, it was warm in Antalya like in summer - the air temperature was about +25. And there was a deferred demand from those who did not leave Russia during the World Cup. In addition, this season, prices for tours to Turkey were higher than last year, and many tourists decided to wait till middle of the autumn. When some hotels significantly, up to 20%, reduced the prices for accommodation, the demand increased on the Russian market.
Nevertheless, the top managers of tour operators do not plan to extend the flight programs to Turkey beyond the summer season. In addition, the weather in November unlikely encourages the high tourist traffic. Only Intourist reported about adding of charters from two to four departures from some regional cities. According to observers, the fluctuations of tour operators are also may be explained by certain hopes connected with the expected resumption of flights to Egyptian Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada, which will require free airliners in this case.
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.