Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev advertised holidays in the resorts of Egypt. In his opinion, every person is obliged to visit this country at least once in his life.
“Russians have a sincere respect for the Egyptian people, they travel to your country with pleasure, are interested in its culture and history. In general, I believe that every person is obliged to visit Egypt at least once — the cradle of civilization, to see its ancient monuments with his own eyes. But I must say that modern Egypt arouses no less interest and sympathy among us, ”Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview with the Egyptian edition of Al-Ahram. “I know that there is an Arabic proverb:“ If your neighbor is good, it’s good for you. ” And even though we do not have common borders, we are always happy about your achievements and successes, «the Prime Minister noted.
It should be noted that Dmitry Medvedev’s words that Russian tourists go to Egypt with great pleasure are fully justified. Speaking at a recent press conference, Egyptian Ambassador to Moscow Mohammed El-Badri said that thanks to the assistance of the Egyptian authorities, the flow of tourists from Russia remains at the level of last year.
“In 2014, 3.16 million Russian tourists visited Egypt. Traditionally, your tourists are number one in our country. It is no secret that the number of Russians traveling abroad has decreased by a third. But for Egypt, the drop in tourist traffic from Russia was only 14%. This reflects the trust of the Russian tourist to the Egyptian resorts, ”the ambassador said.
Such stable indicators are currently a rarity for the Russian travel market. So, this year, many countries missed a significant number of tourists from Russia. For example, Spain since the beginning of this year has noted a decrease in the interest of Russian travelers by almost a third, while Greece this year has lost 62% of Russian tourists.
Russian tour operators also confirmed data on a stable tourist flow. “Indeed, the rate of decline in Egypt was significantly lower than in other directions. There are two reasons for this. First, there are practically no alternatives to Egypt on the Russian market in terms of price and flight time in winter. The second reason is that Egypt is interested in our tourist flow and actively worked to support our tour operators, compensating for places on departures and so on, «- previously commented Alexander Burtin, commercial director of the tour operator» Tez Tour «.
In general, experts confirm that so far everything is quite cloudless in the direction. “Sales in Egypt are in line with our expectations. We have sold more than 86% of tours for the summer season. Sales are growing at the same pace as last year, «the press service of the tour operator Anex Tour noted. Moreover, according to the company, the flight program for the summer season was exhibited in a larger volume compared to last year.
According to other market participants, in the summer, Egypt had to «shrink» slightly due to competition with Turkey, but this is a regular state. “Demand for Egypt is stable. Nevertheless, the volumes in the direction as a whole were reduced for the summer season. This was largely due to the influence of Turkey. Turkish hoteliers are very active this summer in terms of special offers and discounts. As a result, the higher cost of air travel made it difficult for Egypt to compete with Turkey on price. But the volumes were fulfilled in accordance with the pre-written plan, «said Ekaterina Dyachenko, Lead Product Manager of the TUI Russia tour operator.
However, according to experts, the success and difficulties of the winter season for Egypt in relation to the Russian tourist flow will depend not so much on the efforts of the local tourist authorities, as on the financial situation in the Russian market. “Forecasts depend on the situation in our country, if the ruble continues to fall, the fall in tourist traffic will be much more active. If the ruble stabilizes at least at the current level, then, most likely, there will be no drop in volumes in Egypt, «- Alexander Burtin assessed.
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