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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Crimea against Sochi: the Federal tourism Agency has not given to loggerheads two resort

Widely spread around by the news that the Crimea began to lose popularity among tourists seriously frightened the Russian officials. Supervising the tourism sector, Vice-Premier of the Crimean government Ruslan Balbec compared the appearance of such information almost deliberate stuffing, designed to undermine a resort season on the Peninsula. The occasion was a press release sellers of tickets, which we are talking about the drop in demand of up to 25% on flights to Simferopol from independent travelers. This fact is allegedly linked to the dissatisfaction of tourists infrastructure of the Peninsula: accustomed to high-quality recreation in the resorts of Turkey and Egypt, our compatriots would rather go to Sochi, where the level of service higher than in the Crimea.

photo: Gennady Cherkasov

For Rostourism such conclusions, even if made private players in the market, still that fly in the ointment before the high season. When the observed deficit available for holidays beach destinations, even a minor negative in relation to domestic resorts, affects the image of the past. Even if the statistics, as in this case with the Crimea, only reflects the results of sales of a particular company and cannot be generalized. Whereas according to Rostourism, the situation with Crimea is just the opposite. Only during the may holidays the number of tourists to the Peninsula increased by 23% compared to the previous year, and reached 162 thousand tourists. One Kerch ferry during the may holidays was used by about 55 thousand Russians, which is 25% higher than last year. Increased and sales of “single” tickets to the Crimea for the summer. Compared to last year, the growth amounted to 66%.

“Crimea is one of the strategic regions in terms of tourism development in Russia. The region has unique natural and cultural-historical heritage. Developing infrastructure, are put into operation new facilities: hotels, water parks, theme parks. By subsidising air services expanding the boundaries of the high season. Tour operators who have formed a batch of proposals for the Crimea, helped to make the stay in the region available to a larger number of Russians. All this allows to predict further growth in the popularity of Crimea among Russian tourists,” – said the head of the Federal tourism Agency Oleg Safonov.

However, one cannot deny that the current interest in Russian resorts largely tied to the absence of Turkey and Egypt. Press Secretary of the Russian Union of travel industry Irina Tyurina has no doubt that even peering into the Krasnodar territory and Crimea, the Russians continue to “cut eye” abroad. “Yes, the situation in foreign areas prompted interest in Russian resorts, but not as much as officials say about this. Most notably on the demand effects of the crisis. People find the money and go for a vacation once a year, while previously traveled 3-4 times. If the ruble will be strengthened, they’ll pay attention to a foreign trip”, – says the interlocutor of “MK”. Tyurin also said that, according to the experience of last year, more than tourists pay for the stay in Russia, the more they were dissatisfied with the level of service. “The current situation – not so much chance, how much the exam for domestic tourism,” she said.

While tour operators do, can you say boom to rest in Russia. Sale of tour packages in the coastal resorts of Russia in the early booking period has exceeded 100% in Sochi and 200% – in the Crimea. But, according to representatives of the PCT, this does not mean that at the end of the year the growth in the domestic tourism segment will be the same. By the summer he may come to naught, as it was last year.

Earlier it was announced that the Crimea this year will visit from 6 to 7 million tourists. At the same time, some experts believe that to reach the upper limit can prevent the limited capacity of hotel rooms.

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