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20% Reduction in outbound travel during first 9 months of 2015

According to the Rostourism statistics for the first 3 quarters of 2015, the total number of outbound trips decreased by 20%. There were a total of almost 30 million outbound trips during the first three quarters of 2015, half of which (14.7 mln trips) were to Europe. The Top destinations remained the same as in other years: Turkey (3.2mln), Finland (2.6 mln), Egypt (1.9 mln), Estonia (1.1 mln), China (1 mln) and Poland (1 mln). Compared to the previous year, Turkey and Egypt increased their market shares by 1.2% and 2.8% respectively but the consequences of the travel ban are yet to be taken into consideration. At the same time Finland lost 1% of its market share.

Among the European destinations, the largest declines were seen among the Mediterranean countries: Greece (-45%), Spain (-41%), Croatia (-41%), Malta (-40%) and Italy (-35%). The only exception was Montenegro which experienced only a modest decline of 4%, probably due to the repeat visitors that own real estate in the country combined with visa-free regime which allows more spontaneous visits. At the same time Northern European countries such as Belgium and Netherlands performed relatively well and Belgium managed to receive 10% more of Russians  than in the previous year.

Table: European destinations most and least affected by the recession in Q1-Q3 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Rostourism, 2015

In Asia, Vietnam was the least affected destination with a single digit decline of 9%. The destinations that suffered the most are those that attract mainly sun & sea segment such as Maldives (-53%), Thailand (-49%) and India (Goa) (-50%). In the Middle East, the UAE saw the sharpest fall of 38%.

Table: Outbound trips to selected destinations, Q1-Q3 2015

 

Jan-Sep 2014

Jan-Sep 2015

Change,%

Europe

 

 

 

Turkey

4,032,611

3,248,792.0

-19.4

Finland

3,789,464

2,644,223.0

-30.2

Estonia

1,389,540

1,154,996

-16.9

Poland

1,278,209

1,041,153

-18.5

Germany

1,177,881

931,387

-20.9

Lithuania

705,004

643,721

-8.7

Greece

1,161,968

628,135

-45.9

Spain

1,067,726

625,817

-41.4

Italy

891,350

576,278

-35.3

Cyprus

628,882

510,019

-18.9

Bulgaria

563,141

417,286

-25.9

France

445,344

351,665

-21.0

Czech Republic

419,183

294,696

-29.7

Latvia

357,812

279,039

-22.0

Montenegro

256,963

246,919

-3.9

UK

268,510

214,139

-20.2

Austria

274,270

190,716

-30.5

Switzerland

232,299

187,854

-19.1

Netherlands

150,684

145,589

-3.4

Norway

138,284

104,387

-24.5

Hungary

95,409

76,946

-19.4

Serbia

67,348

64,201

-4.7

Belgium

57,300

63,231

10.4

Sweden

70,797

52,363

-26.0

Croatia

84,886

50,213

-40.8

Portugal

32,787

21,724

-33.7

Malta

23,381

14,029

-40.0

Romania

10,947

12,642

15.5

Total for Europe

19,671,980

14,792,160

-24.8

Middle East

 

 

 

Egypt

2,186,161

1,987,159

-9.1

UAE

534,583

331,542

-38.0

Israel

293,169

246,933

-15.8

Total for the Middle East

3,013,913

2,565,634

-14.9

Asia and the Pacific

 

 

 

China

1,495,506

1,046,173

-30.0

Thailand

915,287

464,325

-49.3

Vietnam

245,442

222,773

-9.2

South Korea

175,663

150,398

-14.4

India

140,982

69,377

-50.8

Hong Kong

45,410

30,567

-32.7

Cuba

42,791

25,439

-40.6

Maldives

35,733

16,739

-53.2

Singapore

18,900

14,123

-25.3

Japan

66,354

53,093

-20.0

Total for Asia

3,182,068

2,093,007

-34.2

Americas

 

 

 

USA

270,062

211,806

-21.6

Canada

17,254

9,497

-45.0

Africa

 

 

 

Tunisia

256,914

49,005

-80.9

 

 

 

 

Total

36,797,505

29,333,387

-20.3

Source: Rostourism, 2015

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