The charter programs of the leading Russian tour operators to Tanzanian Zanzibar have been recently supplemented by regular flights of Utair. The carrier plans to fly to the island three times a week. Charters to Zanzibar will be performed by Pegas Turistik from October, 25 with a frequency of once every 10 days.
Coral Travel plans to operate flights to the island from October, 29, and Anex Tour - starts by a day later, sharing the boards with Intourist. Charter programs will run until the end of March.
Some travel agencies believe that the destination is quite capable to attract the interest of Russians in the absence of other popular countries.
Dmitry Anpilogov, CEO of Laguna Tour company (Saratov), told that this week the company has a number of bookings of Zanzibar: “There is nothing else to sell, so we are happy to offer the beaches of Tanzania. We convince customers that it is right to fly there now. Of course, there are no queues, but people are interested in the destination, including tours for the New Year."
Alexan Mkrtchyan, General Director of Pink Elephant travel agency network, is confident that Tanzania will be in demand this winter. “While Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Thailand are not available for tourists, the demand for Zanzibar can be quite high. The destination offers attractive prices - lower than in Mauritius, Seychelles or Maldives. A week-long tour for two persons to Tanzania will cost about 1 730 Euros. Prices may drop to 1 080 Euros for a similar tour, if the number of flights increases to five per week,” the expert believes.
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.