ATOR: the number of tour operators in outbound segment decreased in 2015 by 70%

ATOR: the number of tour operators in outbound segment decreased in 2015 by 70%

MOSCOW, December 22. A number of tour operators in the segment of outbound tourism declined this year by 70%. Such preliminary data for the year brought Tuesday at a press conference Executive Director of the Association of tour operators of Russia (ATOR) Maya Lomidze.

According to a report by ATOR Analytical service, in the current year has decreased the demand for outbound tourism, which resulted in a reduction in the number of operators in this segment.

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“In 2014 our analysts gave a cautious forecasts – predicted that the number of tour operators will be reduced in 2015 by 30%. But now, according to a preliminary estimate, we can say that 70% decreased the number of operators in the segment of outbound tourism. This is not the limit,” – said Lomidze.

According to ATOR analysts presented the report, the drop in demand in 2015 by visiting areas amounted to 31.4%, said Lomidze. “There are markets where 50 and 60 per cent,” she said. According to her, “the main reason for falling demand – economic: the Euro and the dollar rose, people unprofitable to go abroad”.

“In Turkey we see minus 20% of organized tourism, Thailand minus 50%”, – said Lomidze. “Our tourists always chased cheapness, but this year they were never that sensitive to price,” she said. “In 2016 this trend will continue”, – said the Executive Director of ATOR.

Increased demand for recreation within the country

Lomidze also noted that the demand of Russians for rest in the country has increased by the end of 2015 by 10-15%.

She noted that 100% of Russians about 80% of tourists are independent travellers and 20% of organized tourists. “The increase in the demand for recreation in the country has been and independent, and organized tourist traffic,” – said Lomidze.

However, she stressed that “one of the trends of 2015 is that independent people going in the organized segment”. “The first performance of charters in Crimea, the great transportation in Sochi. In addition, the average price for a vacation in the Crimea and the Krasnodar region decreased by tour operators, which led to the fact that televisions are getting organized,” – said Lomidze.

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According to her, the greatest demand among Russians this year enjoyed the resorts of the Crimea, Sochi, Gelendzhik, Anapa.

Lomidze also said that the tour operators this year has seen an increase in demand, not only for a beach holiday but also for sightseeing tours. “According to our preliminary data, the growth in this segment ranged from 3% to 15%”, – she said.

“We are seeing positive trends in domestic tourism, but, if we talk about the problems that hindered the further development, among them poor infrastructure and problems with service”, – said the Executive Director of ATOR.

“But the main problem is the lack of information about recreation in Russia. People just don’t know where to go, at what price, when better,” she added.

Thus Lomidze noted that “if in 2016 will be increasing the price of tourism product, it will lead either to stagnation or a decrease in demand for the domestic product”. “A price increase may lead to the fact that tourists are simply nowhere to go,” she said.

Lomidze noted that “next year people go to relax, but perhaps with less rest time or for less money”.

“With higher prices, nobody will go”

Travel companies are negotiating with representatives of the accommodation facilities of the Russian resorts, not to raise prices next year, said Lomidze.

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“Now the tour operators are negotiating with hotels on the black sea resorts of the mass,’ she said. – Our destinations are in euphoria, they are sure that all tourists who can not go to Turkey, go to them, so you can raise prices. But this belief has no basis”. “With higher prices, nobody will go,” she said.

“Negotiations are underway to the stated objects of placement rates, which were already increased by 30%, were not final. If our resorts will insist on higher prices, demand on the domestic market will be different,” she said.

If hotels and resorts, Vice versa, will lower prices, then, according to Lomidze, the domestic tourist flow will increase.