There are more and more foreigners on Crete, the number of Russian tourists is less
By the end of July the Greek island of Crete was visited by 12% fewer travelers from Russia than in the same month of the last year. This follows from the current statistics released by the airport of Heraklion. Since the beginning of the summer season negative dynamics have only intensified. Recall, in May Crete missed 3% of Russian tourists against the same period of 2017, in June - 5%. Recall that in late July some Russian players, in particular ANEX Tour and Muzenidis Travel, conducted quite a large-scale optimization of their flight programs to Crete from Moscow. Other tour operators are still conducting decreasing of flights. According to the current prices of tours in online booking systems, these efforts gave the first results. So, the minimum cost for a weekly holiday start from 38 thousand Rubles (517 Euros) for two. This is higher than the cost of the air seats for tour operators, so - the margins of sales began to grow. Expectations for the season for Crete also became better: market participants believe that booking activates in the second half of August. Experts think that by the summer results the decrease of tourist traffic to the island will not exceed 10% in comparison with the season-2017.
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.