Last winter, according to the Indian press, Goa noted a decline of New Year reservations from foreign markets - up to 30%. This season, this trend is not observed in sales of Goa for the New Year. However, tour operators believe that it is too early to give forecasts for the New Year's results to Goa: traditionally, demand for the direction is activated immediately at the beginning of the season - that is, in October. At present time, the demand for tours to Goa on New Year's dates from Biblio-Globus tour operator corresponds to the same period of the last year. The peak of booking for the period of Christmas holidays is expected from mid-November to early December. The cost of the New Year tour with a flight from Moscow for 10 nights from different tour operator companies now starts from 90 thousand Rubles ($ 1,318) for two persons on the basis of breakfast (plus visa fee and New Year's Eve dinner) to 170 thousand Rubles ($ 2,490) for two persons with a full package. The leading tour operators, on average, renewed their hotel bases in Goa for the winter season and are ready to offer tourists a wide range of hotels with a wide range of budget. So, Pegas Touristik may offer such novelties as hotels Bloom Suites 4-stars, Meera Hotel -1 star, ANEX Tour - hotels Coconut Grove 4-stars, Casa Anjuna 3-stars, Biblio-Globus - Azaya Beach Resort 5-stars, Evoke Lifestyle Candolim 4-stars. This season, some tour operators note an increased interest not only for the beach rest, which is traditionally the main tourist product of Goa, but also sightseeing and combined tours in this Indian state. For those travelers, who wish to combine beach holidays with excursions, ANEX Tour offers an internal flight Goa-Delhi. Coral Travel also offers such combinations and offers tourists to travel from Goa to Mumbai, Delhi and Bollywood. The most tour operator companies note, that the maintenance of Goa at the level of the previous year is the basic forecast for the upcoming winter season. However, since the direction has a large regional component (up to two-thirds of total demand), further growth of world currencies may slow down the demand in regions. This can cause a correction of flight programs.
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.