Informe semanal de noticias del mercado ruso de la Oficina de Turismo de Tenerife en Moscú
The Spanish consulate increased amount of financial support for obtaining a visa
Visa applicants are required to provide 90 € as minimum daily spent instead of 75€. The new rule applies to all tourists including children. Under the new regulation the minimum amount per person, regardless of the duration of the trip, estimates 810 €.
Flights from Moscow to Barcelona increased by 83%
Booking services record prices increase for flights tickets in December – February. Aviasales and OneTwoTrip confirm that airline tickets cost is getting more expensive for flights in Russia and abroad. Among international flights, increase of costs is observed on the route Moscow – Barcelona (by 83%, to 21000 rub.
Tour operators have adjusted their charter routes to Asia
Due to the conflict between India and Pakistan, flight time will increase. In addition to Pakistan, India partially closed its airspace for commercial flights as local media reported on February 27. As a result, the delivery and return of passengers was complicated for tour operators not only to resorts in Thailand, but also to India, particularly to Goa. Flight routes to other destinations in Southeast Asia will have to be corrected.
Dubai: tourist flow from Russia increased by 28%
The number of travelers from Russia to Dubai in 2018 grew for 28% and estimated 678 000 pax, A significant raise of tourist traffic is mostly due to no visa regime for Russian travelers as well as increased number of flights from Russia.
May holidays tour packages sales grew by 60%
Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) stated that demand is growing for May vacation break May 1 – 12, increasing sales by 60%.
According to Skyscanner for March 8th vacation break the most popular destinations in Europe are Barcelona and Istanbul followed by Germany.
63 companies were excluded from the register of tour operators in March
As of March 29 Federal Agency for Tourism excluded 63 companies from the Unified Register of Tour Operators.
Albania canceled visas for Russian tourists for 7 months
Unilaterally Albania granted Russians the right to enter the country without a visa from April 1 to October 31. This information was published on the portal of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
S7 Airlines announced new schedule
From March 31, 2019 S7 Airlines will switch to the summer flight schedule, which will be valid until October 26, 2019. During this period, the airline will operate flights to 216 destinations in 32 countries of the world. For the first time, travelers from Moscow and St. Petersburg will be able to go to Nice. Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Olbia, Sochi and Anapa will appear in the schedule of the Northern capital. Alicante, Berlin, Antalya, Rome, Verona, Naples, Tbilisi, Simferopol, Catania, Rhodes, Tenerife also remain popular for traveling in spring and summer.
Utair launches a daily flight on the Moscow-Thessaloniki route
From June 1 Utair expands its flight program this summer from Moscow to to Greek Thessaloniki. Departure is planned from Moscow airport «Vnukovo».
Etihad Airways and Gulf Air signed a Codesharing Agreement
Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) and Gulf Air (Bahrain) have officially announced a code sharing agreement. As part of a code sharing agreement, Etihad will add EY code to Gulf Air flights from Bahrain to Abu Dhabi, Baghdad, Casablanca, Faisalabad, Larnaca, Malaga, Multan, Najaf, Peshawar, Sialkot and Tbilisi. In turn, Gulf Air will be able to add GF code to Etihad flights from Abu Dhabi to Brisbane, Chicago, Jakarta, Lagos, Los Angeles, Melbourne, New York, Sydney and Washington.