The Russian tourist flow to France will exceed the pre-crisis level
On November 8, a joint meeting of Atout France and ANEX Tour operator, which opened sales of package tours to France, was held at French Embassy in Moscow. Atout France told about the dynamics of demand from Russian market and ANEX Tour - about own plans for the destination. France, which, according to the results of last year, hosted a record number of foreign tourists (about 89 million), in 2018 counts on to increase the result by 5–6%. “The Russian tourist flow, which reached 800 thousand arrivals in 2017, maintains excellent dynamics,” said Inessa Korotkova, the head of the national agency for the development of tourism of Atout France. She also noted that, despite all the fluctuations, France remains one of the most popular destinations on the Russian market. The expert believes that by the end of 2018, the positive dynamics of demand will continue, and the pre-crisis indicators will be exceeded. Ms. Korotkova also paid attention to the transport accessibility of the destination, recalling that you can fly to the country by three varients. There are direct flights to Paris of Air France and Aeroflot airlines from Moscow and St. Petersburg. Also, you can fly to Lyon, here Aeroflot increased the frequency of flights to 2 per day. And Aeroflot and Rossia airlines also fly to Nice. "Next year, probably there will be direct flights from Moscow to Bordeaux, Montpellier and Marseille," said the director of Atout France.
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.