Informe semanal de noticias del mercado ruso de la Oficina de Turismo de Tenerife en Moscú
Turkey, Tunisia, Spain, and Cyprus have become the most popular destinations for autumn trips among Russian tourists. According to the Association of Tour Operators of Russia, the number of outbound tour bookings for September and October increased by 10-25% this year.
Russian tourists also choose Italy, Montenegro, Greece, Thailand, and Vietnam for their autumn trips. The demand of Russian travelers for trips to France, the Czech Republic, Cuba, Maldives, Hainan, and Sri Lanka has also increased compared to last year.
According to the experts, Russians save more this year. The demand of Russians for tours planned for the beginning and the end of the tourist season increased. Hotel accommodation at this time costs 20-30% cheaper than in the high season.
- Aviation News
The planes of Royal Flight airlines and Aeroflot touched wings while being towed. Aeroflot’s liner was about to leave for Beijing with passengers on board and empty Royal Flight charter Boeing 777 was being towed at the time of the collision.
A total of 229 people had to be evacuated from Aeroflot Airbus A330-343 after the plane’s wing was hit by a charter aircraft.
- Travel Industry
Antonio de La Morena Ballesteros became new tourism counselor and director of The Tourism Department of The Embassy of Spain in Moscow, previously he held a senior position in Turespaña. Also, he was a director of Spanish tourism board in Guangzhou, Beijing, Paris, London, Dublin, and The Hague. Antonio is a graduate in law and has a master’s degree in Maritime business.
The powers of the tourism department of the Embassy of Spain in Moscow extend to the whole territory of Russia, as well as other CIS countries – Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
According to the Central Statistical Bureau of Malta (CSB), from January to May 2019, 8892 tourists from Russia visited Malta, so the Russian tourist flow increased by 21% compared to last year. And the tourist flow from Russia to Malta for the first half of 2019 (January – June inclusive) increased by 12,4% compared to the same period of 2018.
Over the first five months of 2019, there is also an increase in tourist flow on the other markets: the tourist flow from Hungary to Malta increased by 38%, from Slovakia – by 32%, and from Lithuania – by 27%.
According to Anna Filatovskaya, the director of the Advertising and PR department of Russian Express tour operator, the most popular vacation time for Russian group tourists in Malta is still 7-9 days.
- Destination News
On September 5, Vladimir Gunik became an acting director of the tourism department of the Ministry of Economic Development of Russian Federation. Previously Vladimir worked in The Federal Agency for Tourism of the Russian Federation as a head of the internal tourism and state programs department. Georgy Mokhov, a chairman of The Russian Union of Travel Industry, said that Mr Ganic has great relevant experience and he is aware of tourism industry problems.
According to the Ministry of economic Development, this decision is not final, so Vladimir Gunik temporarily takes the post of head of the department.