Tourists continue to book Maldives for autumn and winter
Maldives are among the countries with isolated cases of coronavirus, while the island nature of the state allows you to quickly localize the source of infection. Numerous resorts remain safe for tourists, therefore, tour operators and customers remain calm, despite the latest news about COVID-19.
"Air traffic with Male is provided by regular flights. The geographical features of the islands allow you to stop the spread of the virus, those resorts where quarantine is installed are at the stop of sales. There are practically no cancellations and there are no official recommendations to not visit the Maldives," the head of the PR department of Anex Tour company Alena Khitrova told.
Sales Director of Maldiviana Company Maria Golikova confirmed that hotels allow shifting the date of accommodation without loss. The Company also makes it possible to refuse a reservation without penalty even a couple of days before arrival. “We have extensive experience and many years of relations with hotels in the Maldives and direct contracts have been signed with all providers. There are cancellations, but few,” says Ms. Golikova.
According to her, the Maldives is reviewing the conditions for cancellations and are moving towards operators. “The average discount reached 30% of the contract. Interaction with partners is very tight. Tourists hysteria is not observed, someone reschedules holiday dates for autumn. But much depends on the exchange rate, as well as Russia's decision to close the borders.” Nevertheless, tour operators note that tourists continue to book tours for the future. “There are requests and reservations for the autumn-winter period. The depth of the reservation reaches November,” said Anatoly Garkushin, the representative of Tez Tour.
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.