Travel agents called the alternative for Egypt this season
More than 230 readers participated in HotLine travel’s interrogation concerned the question “what countries do tourists choose instead of Egypt?” 14 % believe that most of the tourist flow has moved to Turkey, 9% believe that an alternative for the Red Sea resorts are Thailand, the UAE and Dominican Republic with Cuba, 6% – India.
It is interesting, that the similar to Egypt Eastern destinations such as Qatar and Oman are at the end of the rating. According to experts, this is due to the fact that "Egyptian tourists" choose mainly budget vacation and All inclusive. In addition, Qatar and Oman are in the beginning of entering on the Russian market, but it is already known that they do not want to repeat the experience of the UAE and become a mass destination.
Meanwhile, almost half of the respondents unanimously agreed that there is no alternative to Egypt. They hope that soon charter flights to the resorts of Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh will be launched. However, according to the Vice-President of the Federation of tourism of Egypt Mostaf Khalil, there is little hope for this – in Egypt the issue of resuming charter flights with Russia is not even discussed.
Observers do not exclude that the situation may change somehow after the meeting of the presidents of Russia and Egypt, which is to be held this year in Sochi.
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.