Tour operators note an increase of sales of tours to Turkey after World Cup-2018
“Tour operators note an increase of sales of tours to Turkey after the World Cup 2018, the demand for them this summer is already 72% higher than for the same period of the last year”, - informed the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR).
"The demand will reach the highest point in the second part of the season, because during World Cup 2018 many Russians were engaged in business related to the "football fever" and some who wanted to watch football at home bought tour packages for the period after WC", - reported the Association.
According to tour operators, this year prices for Turkey grew by no more than 10% due to the increase of the cost of jet fuel and changes of the conditions of the fuel support program for foreign partners. "In July and August of this year Turkey does not pay for the flights, while last year the organizers of the transportation received 6 thousand dollars for the flight. Nevertheless, at the time of departure the aircraft load reaches 100%", - stressed ATOR.
According to ATOR, among other things the demand is stimulated by various discounts from Russian tour operators and Turkish hoteliers. "Hoteliers constantly offer discounts and promotions for accommodation, which lowers the cost and actively encourages travelers. But this concerns mainly the new hotels. High-level hotels are already loaded and they announced "stop sails", - added the Association.
According to tour operators, the average cost of a tour for a family of three persons for a week in July in 5-stars hotel on all inclusive base with a flight from Moscow is approximately 75-85 thousand Rubles ($ 1,200 – 1,360). Minimum prices for tours for two adults within the same parameters will cost an average 55 thousand Rubles for Antalya ($ 880) and 75-80 thousand Rubles ($1,200 – 1,280) - for the resorts on the Aegean coast.
According to ATOR, for the first five months of 2018 1.39 million Russians have visited Turkey, which is almost twice as much as for the same period last year. Only in May, Turkish resorts visited 865 thousand tourists from Russia.
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.