Industry Players Feedback
1 July 2020
The largest tour operators began to cancel the bookings for July
The Russian tourism industry does not retain much hope for the resumption of international flights in July 2020. Most mass-market tour operators are already apply the standard conditions for re-booking tours with departure dates in July.
ANEX Tour extended the standard conditions of re-booking (without actually incurring costs) to destinations based on charter transportation (Bulgaria, Vietnam, Greece, Dominican Republic, India, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Cuba, Morocco, Mexico, UAE, Thailand, Tunisia, Croatia, Montenegro , Sri Lanka) for departure dates in July. At the same time, the exchange rate is linked to the rate on the day of payment. As for tours to Turkey, only applications with departure dates until July 15 are being rebooked. Probably, the company does not lose hope that the Russian authorities will meet the proposals of Turkey to resume flights in mid-July.
Intourist cancelled foreign tours with departure dates up until July 16, that can be re-booked to future dates in 2020 or 2021. In addition, the trip can be re-booked to other destinations (both on charter flights and on regular flights) at the current price, or the funds can be deposited and used later.
Pegas Touristik is ready to re-book without additional charges for departure dates up to July 31, 2020 while providing the same package (destination, hotel, cost, length of travel). If the trip is planned from July 1 to July 31, then a tourist can rebook the tours for any convenient dates with departure from August 1 to November 15 or in 2021.
TEZ Tour re-book holidays to Turkey and Cyprus with departure dates up until July 17, and to Greece, Italy and Spain – until the end of July. Tours to Turkey can be re-booked for dates from August to October or in 2021.
The Head of Anex Tourism Group does not expect Russia to open until August
The Head of Anex Tourism Group, Neshet Kochkar, said that Turkey should not expect Russia to open its boarders prior to the August 1, 2020, and this date is the most optimistic.
“My optimistic forecast for the Russian market is August 1. In the worst case, it might be in September or October. In this situation, the summer season for Russians will be extended until the end of October, but only if Egypt does not enter the game. In the Autumn there are more favorable weather conditions in Egypt, and hotels can offer comparable prices. Therefore, in the winter there will be very fierce competition between different countries. In any case.”
“The world still does not know what to do with this disease. Three is not a specific period that will need to pass, and we will continue to live as before. We will have to get used to the new conditions, learn to work in them. On the other hand, if we do not get rid of this infection, we will not be able to return to work as normal”, Neshet Kochkar emphasized.
TEZ TOUR opened the sale of ski tours for the winter season 2020–2021
TEZ TOUR has opened the sale of ski tours for early booking in Austria, Andorra, and Italy for the winter season 2020/2021. Bulgaria will opennext. Tourists can book trips to popular European resorts, such as Mayrhofen, Osttirol, Zell am See - Kaprun, Encamp, La Massana, Andorra la Vella, Kronplatz, Dolomiti di Brenta, Val di Fassa and others. Travelers will be able to save up to 20% of the regular cost using early booking tariff.
The tour operator’s flight programme in the winter season 2020–2021 will include charter and regular flights from Moscow to Salzburg, Klagenfurt, Barcelona, Verona, and other cities with easy access to popular ski resorts and main ski areas. Departures are planned for the period most popular for skiing holidays, that are Christmas celebrations in Europe and New Year's holidays on January 1-10.Ђ Back to journal