UAE, India and Cuba will be the most popular winter destinations among Russians
In the first two weeks about 400 agencies participated in the inquiry organized by the BANKO Service to determinate the most popular destinations and priority suppliers in the winter season - 2017/2018.
By this time the responses of more than 330 companies located in Moscow and Moscow region have been processed. Intermediate results already allow us to draw some conclusions about which countries the travel agents expect as the most interest for their customers in the coming winter. At present time three leaders (Thailand, Vietnam, Dominican Republic) have not changed, but two trends attract attention. First, against the forecasts of tourist retail for the last winter season UAE, gaining 12.7% of the vote, confidently shift India (9.8%) and is already just follow in tracks Dominican Republic. The divide between them accounts only 0.3%.
Experts suggest that UAE have all the chances to enter in the TOP – 3 of most demanded areas of the future winter. This is connected with both the simplification of the visa regime and a large number of charters, which were launched by key tour operators, including from the regions of the country. In favor of this version says the loading of the hotels in Dubai for November and New Year holidays.
The second breakthrough was made by Cuba (3.3%), having received 1% more votes than Russia. Observers are also expected that this direction also increases its share in total sales of the winter-2017/2018. In the new season tour operators have increased transportation to Cuba, which will lead to increased competition and, with a high degree of probability, to price competition.
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.