The extension of the restriction on air traffic with Turkey caused an additional increase in the cost of overseas vacations by 10%, up to 165 thousand rubles. for a week for two. The constant increase in prices for tours to mass destinations negatively affects the mood of Russians: up to 50% of regular customers of tour operators this summer may not go anywhere. The tourism business does not yet see any prospects for reducing the cost of a beach holiday.
After the announcement of the extension of restrictions on flights to Turkey on May 31, the cost of rest on other foreign destinations increased by an average of 10%, to 165 thousand rubles. for a week for two. This is stated in a study by Travelata.ru. Analysts compared the cost of the same tours in late May and early June. This dynamics was most pronounced in Tunisian direction: the average cost of a weekly organized tour for two to this country increased by 44%, up to 101 thousand rubles. In second place Cypruswhere the average package tour has risen in price by 25%, up to 87 thousand rubles. The cost of a similar trip for Cuba increased by 12%, up to 155 thousand rubles., in Egypt – by 5%, up to 71 thousand rubles. To a lesser extent, the increase in the average cost is noticeable in the case of Maldiveswhere the average round went up by 2%, up to 133 thousand rubles.
Air traffic between Russia and Turkey has been limited since April 15 due to the deteriorating situation with the spread of COVID-19. Today, only a small number of regular flights to Istanbul are available to Russians. Initially, the measure was introduced until June 1, but at the last moment, May 31, it was extended until June 21. Due to the moratorium, according to the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR), about 500 thousand Russians could not take advantage of previously booked tours to the country. Of these, only 15% decided to rebook their trips to Russia, 18% chose other countries, and 60% continue to wait for the opportunity to fly to Turkey.
Igor Blinov, a representative of the National Network of Travel Agencies, states that prices for overseas vacations are now growing almost daily: this is facilitated by high demand and a limited number of available destinations. The pressure on the market is also exerted by the authorities’ desire to restrict the transportation of organized tourists by cargo-passenger flights. At the end of last week, Rosaviatsia and Rosturizm warned business about the risks of such tours, urging them to refuse to sell them. Mr. Blinov explains that the constant increase in prices creates a negative mood among tourists.
“Many clients have been trying to organize their holidays since last spring, and they are constantly being asked to pay for something. ”
As a result, according to expert estimates, 30-50% of the clients of tour operators this summer decided to stay at home and, in principle, not to go anywhere. “Now the cost of just a flight to Greece for a family of four is at the level of 300 thousand rubles, together with accommodation, 500 thousand rubles are coming out — people were not ready for that,” he complains.
This trend can be felt especially strongly among travelers who are accustomed to staying in five-star hotels. There are currently not enough such facilities at Russian resorts. As a result, according to Travelata.ru estimates, the cost of a weekly tour for two with such accommodation in a Russian resort in mid-June starts from 165 thousand rubles. This is more expensive than in Egypt and Tunisia, where prices start at 151 thousand rubles.
Organized summer vacations promise to be Russian and very expensive
Travelata.ru General Director Stanislav Satsuk does not yet see any prospects in reducing the cost of recreation: the announced destinations are not very popular with Russian guests and will not change the situation in any way. “Therefore, we are now looking forward to the opening of charters to Egypt in early July,” he says. The professional community has also paid attention to the problem the other day. ATOR on June 10 wrote a letter to the federal operational headquarters for combating COVID-19 with a request to accelerate the opening of massive foreign destinations, including Turkey, Cyprus, Greece, Egypt, Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro and Tunisia. As noted in ATOR, the situation with the spread of COVID-19 in many “closed” countries is better today than in “open” ones.