The tours to the Dominican Republic for the nearest dates are sold at prices comparable to the cost of air tickets. Thus, the weekly tours with departures from Moscow on October 11 are offered in the booking systems of tour operators from 89 thousand Rubles ($ 1,333) for two persons. The reduction of tariffs is observed even before the beginning of expansion of flight programs on the direction. Recall, that from October 29, Pegas Touristik will add (to the flights to Punta Cana and Puerto Plata) the flights to Santa Domingo and the Samana Peninsula. And from November 2, ANEX Tour operator, in addition to Punta Cana, intends to transport tourists to Puerto Plata. Experts draw attention to the fact that the cost of tours to the Dominican Republic for November-December dates are now lower than it was at the end of July, when it became known about the expansion of the geography of flights. Thus, if the price of tours to the resort of Santa Domingo started from 153 thousand Rubles ($ 2,291) for two persons for a week, now it starts from 130 thousand Rubles ($ 1,947). According to observers, the declared volume of air transportation on the direction is obviously excessive. Especially the difficult period for sales is expected from December 15 until the New Year holidays. On the eve of the Catholic Christmas, hoteliers of the Dominican Republic noticeably increase the prices for accommodation in connection with an influx of tourists from foreign markets. And Russian tour operators do not have to count on special offers at this time. The market participants will have to compensate their losses during the "high" New Year's dates.
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.