Tour operators significantly expand their assortment in Armenia
Armenia and Azerbaijan, where tour operators saw a noticeable increase, benefited from the closure of Georgia for Russian tourists. Also, Turkey, the Black Sea coast of Russia and Abkhazia note an increase of the Russian tourist flow. This assessment was voiced at a press conference by the executive director of the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) Maya Lomidze.
For instance, the tour operator Anex Tour in the autumn-winter season for the first time offered not only sightseeing tours in Armenia. The range of offers has replenished with new resorts, hotels and group programs.
According to Anex Tour, from October 2019 the tour operator will begin selling package tours to Armenian resorts Dilijan and Jermuk, and from December to the Tsakhkadzor ski resort. The tour operator will arrange package tours to Armenia on the boards of scheduled flights (Nordwind, S7 Airlines, UTair, Red Wings, Aeroflot) from Moscow, St. Petersburg and Mineralnye Vody to Yerevan.
“Over the past year, we have seen an increase in the number of bookings of Armenia by 60%. So, we are expanding the range of offers,” says Khatuna Avetisyan, the Head of Armenia destination of Anex Tour.
Anex Tour believes that Tsakhkadzor ski resort in Armenia also has good prospects on the Russian market. The resort has a good price/quality ratio, and, taken into account a growing volume of requests for budget ski tours, it will be in demand, especially among tourists who previously skied in Georgia.
Among the recommended hotels at new resorts, the tour operator offers Tufenkian Old Dilijan Complex 3*, Dilijan Resort 4* (Dilijan), Olympia Sanatorium 4*, Grand Resort Jermuk 5* (Jermuk), Marriott Tsakhadzor 5* and Elegant Hotels & Resort 4* (Tsaghkadzor).
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.