Russians increasingly choose tours to CIS countries instead of vacation in Europe. A number of operators have already moved on to this trend. The head of the Russian Union of Travel Industry Irina Tyurina stated this, Rosbalt reports.
According to the expert, the situation in the market of outbound tourism characterizes a fluctuation of demand. "By late October, the demand for tours to Europe seems stabilized compared with 2013. The normal sales began, considering crisis. The tragedy in Egypt and the terrorist attacks in Paris have dropped sales far back. Finally, the accident with Turkey finished off tour operators. Many tour operators are not waiting for change," Tyurina said.
According to her, there is good demand for tours to Italy, Finland, the Alpine ski resorts, though, in this area, many still prefer to travel independently. It is also seen interest in health and treatment programs (Hungary).
“Tourists go often to the CIS countries: Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia. It is well forgotten old, which is now actively reviving. There are companies that specialize in this is now," the head of the RTU said.