The Russians, book upcoming new year holiday, give preference to visa-free destinations, as well as tours in Russia. About it the newspaper “Vedomosti” said the Executive Director of the Association of tour operators of Russia (ATOR) Maya Lomidze.
According to her, from those who have already decided with the new year holidays, 85% choose visa-free destinations. This is mainly Egypt, Thailand, Dominican Republic less. A hit among Russian tours, according to Lomidze, are the ski resorts and Great Ustyug.
Tours to European ski resorts the Russians book their less willing. Among them — Austria and Italy. The choice in favor of Europe is complicated by the fact that on 14 September the Russians — applicants for a Schengen visa must be fingerprinted. “Not all citizens are willing to undergo this procedure, many changed plans and are now focusing on other areas,” — said Lomidze.
In General, according to Lomidze, the number of reserved tours new year fell this year by 40% compared to the level of a year ago, and to European destinations — in 2-2,5 times. The main reason for the reduction early booking Chapter ATOR calls the instability of the ruble.
Representatives of travel agencies note a reduction for early booking for the last 11 months by almost 80%. They explain this state of unstable economic situation and the bankruptcy of market participants. According to them, armor on new year tours 40% less than a year ago on the same date.