Tour operators cancel charter flights to Tunisia because of the double reduction in demand
Russian tour operators cancel part of flights to Tunisia because of falling demand after the terrorist attack in Sousse, the press-secretary of the Russian Union of Travel Industry Irina Turina reported Interfax-Tourism with reference to the tour operators.
"Within three weeks after the terrorist attack in Tunisia, Russian tour operators say that the demand for the destination fell significantly. Sales remain at the level of about 50-60% of the indicators, which were before the tragedy," Irna Tyurina said.
According to her, companies have to reduce transportaton to Tunisia. For example, Pegas Touristik left only two of four weekly flights to Tunisia from Moscow, then combined flights from Ufa and Samara, and Kazan and Chelyabinsk, and completely withdrew flights from Nizhny Novgorod. The tour operator Biblio Globus has also reduced flights: the company replaced the Boeing 747 at the smaller Boeing 767 on the route from Moscow to Tunisia, and removed the two weekly flights from St. Petersburg.
Recently there are few reservations, their depth does not exceed two weeks.
In general, according to the tour operators, the bookings are made for the hotels in Hammamet and Monastir. If someone buys a ticket to Sousse, so he/she goes to its central part, which is located at a considerable distance from the suburbs of Port El Kantaoui, where the tragedy occurred.
At the same time, only few Tunisian hotels have reduced prices for tourists by 20-40%, most of hotels limited special offers to a 10% discount.
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.