Tourists with children began to choose the Dominican Republic more often
In the Dominican Republic the demand for winter dates 2018/2019 among tourists with children under the age of 12 years increased by 24%, the share of such customers in the total sales structure amounted 12%. As it was noted in the press service of Biblio-Globus the tour operator, the company's specialists came to this conclusion after analyzing reservations for the upcoming winter season. They also have an explanation - what this is connected with. The Dominican Republic is an alternative to other popular winter beach destinations due to the prevalence of the concept of "All inclusive", the developed infrastructure of resorts and a broad selection of excursion and animation programs. Traditional early booking discounts and special offers in the form of free accommodation for children also contribute to the demand for the destination. It is logical to assume that demand is influenced not only by the capabilities of hotels, but in general, the very attractive cost of tour packages. Today, for example, in the online booking system of travel companies a tour for two adults and one child lasting 10 nights and departing from Moscow in early December can be found at a price in the range of 54–65 thousand Rubles (715 - 860 Euros). Although, closer to the "high" dates the similar proposals are not available. It is also possible that a significant increase of the prices of air tickets for long-range flights is connected with rising prices for air fuel and the weakening of the ruble. A direct flight from Moscow to Punta Cana in the first decade of December will cost for a family of two adults and one child a minimum of 86,200 Rubles (1,141 Euros). The alternative, such as Bangkok, is even more expensive (from 94 thousand RUB – 1,244 Euros). According to observers, this could also play its own role: for reasons of economy those, who used to go on vacation as individual tourists, could easily reorient themselves on package tours.
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.