“Tour operators are on the low start and ready within 3-4 days of launching Charter flights to Turkey” — this was stated by Executive Director of the Association of tour operators of Russia (ATOR) Maya Lomidze. However, this will happen provided that the publication of the corresponding decree of the government, the signing of which is expected in the near future. In addition, in the fall, you may fly a “cheap” aircraft to Egypt. Regular inspection of the local airports will be held in late August.
photo: Gennady Cherkasov
This summer on the background actually “banned” in Turkey and Egypt has greatly increased the momentum of the European Mediterranean countries, like Greece, Cyprus, Spain, Italy. In the top ten broke in Thailand with the Vietnam that never was typical for the summer season. Due to organized charters have grown by 10-15% Dominican Republic, but in absolute numbers it is almost unnoticed — plus 3-5 thousand. Tunisia became the absolute leader if not by the amount of tourists, on the dynamics of the increase of 200% compared to last year.
Another feature was the growth of demand in the former Soviet republics of the Caucasus and Belarus. Given the trend to “all native”, it is no wonder that the number of tourists in Russia has increased over the summer of last year by 15-18%. Of course, out of competition seaside resorts of the Krasnodar region, the Crimea and the Maritime provinces. Sochi, this year will set a record, with 14.5 million tourists. Of which 3% are foreigners.
Interestingly, our people gradually cease to ride on the Black sea savages. The reason is purely economic. Tour operators due to discounts and Charter programs have begun to offer tours cheaper than booking hotels and tickets.
“After the devaluation of the ruble has very good preconditions for tourism — said Maya Lomidze. — Iran immediately added 25%. From there to Sochi organized charters. In the big surplus in China, South Korea, Spain. In General, the preferences of foreigners do not change. They love St. Petersburg, river cruises, Moscow, Golden ring, Kazan”.
The money situation is as follows. Now Russian tourists are ready to buy weekly trips abroad at an average price of $600-700 per person. Thus, if we exclude tours are all-inclusive, traditional foreign spending on shopping, excursions, tips, etc. decreased by 20-30%, up to $500. Nevertheless, the reputation of the Russians as one of the most generous has not been canceled. Travel in Russia are cheaper, but in the end, given the costs of location, it appears that international and domestic tourism at a cost quite comparable.
“For starters”, the head of ATOR told about the nice news. First, the tour operators are now ready to organize a Charter connection with Turkey, without which to talk about mass tourism is not necessary. After all, charters reduce the cost of tours at least 15-20%. The case remained for small — government decree that would lift this ban. It is a matter of days. Then another 3-4 days on a different alignment, and — flew. According to Maya Lomidze, the decision about the precise time most likely is not at the level of the Federal air transport Agency, where staff have inspected the Turkish airports, and personally President Putin. Last August-September in Turkey rest about 400 thousand Russians. In this course, we to this number will not too. The volumes will be restored in 2017. Even when official relations were extremely tense, negative reviews about Turkey from Russian tourists. Terms of service, attitude of staff, nothing has changed.
With regard to Egypt, whose discoveries wait for many, the situation is much more uncertain. This spring, Russian inspectors found in local airports 17 observations on aviation security. The Egyptians promised to fix them and even set in the air harbors of the monitoring equipment of the Russian production. In late August, Egypt sent another Commission of the Ministry of transport and Rosaviation. If all goes well, until the end of the year you can fly to red sea resorts.
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