Tour operators have reduced programs in Russia due to low demand
“Tour operators are cutting summer programs and selling significantly less tours around Russia due to low demand”, - reports Commersant news paper referring to representatives of the tourism industry. Reduction of interest of organized tourists to rest in Russia is forcing tour operators and hoteliers to adjust the declared prices and sales volumes. According to the publication, up to 30% of tours to Russian resorts are now sold at cost, and the total volume of sales for the season will be reduced by 20%. As the Director of the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) Maya Lomidze said, the major market participants realize this summer 20% less tours to internal resorts than a year earlier. “Many tour operators have already decided to reduce or completely curtail their programs in Russia against a background of low demand”, - told "Biblio-Globus company. Low demand perhaps connected with economic factors: it is possible that some tourists decided this year to refrain in principle from summer rest. At the same time, 20-30% of tours are now sold at cost and on the market the cases of dumping are noted, which was previously characteristic only for out coming tourism. Tourism portal earlier noted that demand for Russian resorts will not exceed the level of 2015 and a record result of 2016 will not be repeated.
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.