The leader of this summer season - Turkey - remains one of the most popular destinations and for the first half of the autumn. According to the online aggregator of package tours Onlinetours.ru, Turkey's share in the total sales volume for September and October 2015 was at the level of 30%. This year, the company says, according to the data for August 16, the situation with the share of Turkey for September -October period is the same. "However, it is too early to estimate what proportion will be for the total period of 2017. The tours are selling quite actively and I think that eventually the share of Turkey will be more", - emphasizes Ekaterina Bezhanova, Director of Strategic Development of Onlinetours. Tour operators also note that although in the automn season there are objectively fewer children at Turkish resorts (many strictly observe the beginning of the academic year), Turkey continues to be mainly a family direction during this period: many tourists with pre-school children are especially waiting for autumn with more comfortable temperatures and warm sea. The autumn season in Turkey, according to the preferences of Russian tourists, continues all summer trends. According to the leading tour operators, this summer in the top resorts of Antalya coast are still Antalya, Alanya, Kemer, Belek, Side. At theAegean coast - Bodrum, Dalaman, Marmaris, Fethiye and Sarigerme. Nevertheless, NTK Intourist notes that in this season the Aegean coast has become more popular among its tourists than in the past seasons. Marina Makarkova the Head of the public relations department of Coral Travel told that the preferences of tourists in choosing hotels and the duration of holidays at the resorts of the Mediterranean and Aegean coast in this season coincide. In both cases, the 5-stars hotels are the most popular category. According to the ANEX Tour representatives, families with children often choose the Mediterranean Sea, the youth prefer tours to Aegean coast.
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.