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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Summer trends holiday by the sea

On the eve of the summer holiday season, the three most popular among Russian tourists destinations have changed: if Greece maintained its position, then the vacant places of Egypt and Turkey, claimed by Bulgaria, Spain, Cyprus, Tunisia, Abkhazia, and Crimea and Sochi.


Greece this season will be one of the most popular destinations among Russians. According to the Bank of Greece, in January — March this year Greece was visited by 20 thousand tourists from Russia (+135% compared to last year). Only in March the Russians spent in Greece almost 8 million euros (180% more than the year before). For the first three months of this year, revenues from Russian tourists increased by 44% — to 12 million euros, said ATOR.

The average cost of a 10 day tour to Greece for two in hotel of 3-4 stars in half Board (Breakfast and dinner) is 85 thousand rubles excluding the cost of visas, said Deputy General Director of GK TBS Ekaterina Presnyakova. According to her, the most loved by Russians of Halkidiki and the Islands of Crete and Rhodes. Holiday in Cyprus will be a little more expensive — about 93 thousand RUB over the 10-day stay in the same hotels with the same power system. The most popular resorts of Cyprus — Limassol, Protaras and Paphos.

But holidays in Tunisia can be purchased for 75 thousand rubles (the average price for a 3-4 stars hotel with all-inclusive concept). The main trend of the season — the island of Djerba, but also such popular resorts like Monastir, Sousse and Hammamet, do not lose their relevance for the Russian tourist.

10-day tour to the Bulgarian resort of Golden Sands two adults will cost an average of 67 thousand roubles, have informed in a press-service of TUI Russia. However, local hotels offer, as a rule, only Breakfast. But the food in Bulgaria is cheap, so you can budget to eat out at the many cafes. The rest of the Spanish Costa Brava with Breakfast for two adults will cost about 120 thousand rubles.

At home

For comparison, stay for 9 nights/10 days in Anapa on the system “All inclusive” in June you can book for 63,5 thousand roubles for two, with flights from Moscow. In Sochi the 4 star hotel for this period will cost 80 thousand rubles., and in Yalta — more than 117 thousand roubles for two, with flights from Moscow.

The popularity of rest in Crimea continues to gain momentum: according to the Federal air transport Agency, Russian carriers since the beginning of the year moved to the Peninsula and back 1,033 million, which is 7.7% more than the same period last year.

The average cost of a 10-day tour in July for two adults in hotel 3 or 4 stars in Abkhazia (arrival to Adler) — 55 thousand rubles. But only with Breakfast. Delicious lunch and dinner here you can easily find any purse.

Sochi, Crimea and Abkhazia its advantages — tourists are not affected by fluctuations in currency exchange rates, visas, experts say TUI.

The main trends

“For European destinations there is a reduction in the duration of the holiday, said Presnyakova. — If earlier tourists had chosen a tour lasting 10-14 days, but now more and more are staying for a week-long trip.”

On the other hand, dropped the demand for European hotels with meals “Breakfast” or “no meals” — to save their costs on vacation tourists choose tours from two or three meals a day. “Many European hotels in Italy, Greece offer tourists the concept of “all inclusive”, but the cost of such tours is quite high, and most tourists are limited to full Board, purchasing alcohol in the trip themselves,” — said the expert.

Egypt is calling!

Egypt is ready for a gradual lifting of the ban on direct flights from the UK starting from Hurghada to Sharm El-Sheikh, said yesterday the Minister of tourism of Egypt Yahya Rashid. “Our request is to begin to allow flights to Aswan and Luxor, then to Hurghada and Marsa Alam and gradually lift the ban on flights to Sharm El-Sheikh,” said the Minister.

Previously Deputy head of the Federal Agency for tourism of the novel Soon announced that Egypt and Turkey in 2016 “most likely” will remain closed for tourists from Russia.

Good advice

Ekaterina Presnyakova recommends not to delay planning your summer vacation: places in good hotels at affordable prices are coming to an end. This applies to both domestic resorts, and popular international destinations.

“If a tourist plans to visit visa countries need to apply for a visa in advance, at least 3-4 weeks before the trip. Also don’t forget to take out insurance against cancellation expenses — it will help to return the funds in case of force majeure, such as delayed visa issuance or refusal of stay due to illness”, — concluded the expert.

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