Tour operators have started selling tours to Serbia, where Russia has resumed flights from October 17. The range of products includes excursion, medical and gastronomic tours. High demand is not expected, experts say, but it may be stable.
Serbia, along with Japan and Cuba, was included in the latest list of permitted foreign destinations, which was published on October 14. Aeroflot began operating flights from Moscow to the Serbian capital Belgrade from October 17 on Thursdays and Saturdays. The ticket price starts from 262 Euros.
Experts note that although Cuba looks like the most interesting destination for tourism among the "newly opened" countries (especially in the winter season) Serbia has good chances for success.
The destination has shown good dynamics before. So, if at the end of 2019, 178 thousand Russian tourists visited Cuba (+ 30% by 2018), then Serbia was visited by 107 thousand tourists (+ 30,5%).
Tour operators are already launching sales of tours to Serbia. The opportunity to buy a tour has already been provided by tour operators Ics Travel Group, Russian Express and Vedi Group. Very soon, package tours to Serbia will be available for the clients of Pax tour operator.
Oksana Volkanova from Ics Travel Group noted that Christmas and New Year tours have already been added to all tours to Serbia.
Affordable tariffs for transportation to Serbia, as well as the loyal policy of the country's hoteliers now allow tour operators to offer adequate prices for tours, which are at the level of the last year.
A 5-day tour to Belgrade for two persons is available to clients of Russian Express for 896 Euros (with flight, in a 3* hotel, BB).
For a 5-day city tour with a flight to Belgrade for two persons Ics Travel Group asks 852 Euros (3 * hotel, BB).
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.