Tour operators are ready to «start» to the resorts of Egypt at the first permission signal from the state, and from all airports opened in Russia — there are opportunities for this. However, we are not ready to make specific predictions about the launch date of such programs and “share the skin of an unkilled bear” in the current conditions — which, in principle, is reasonable, since while the official authorities deny the opening of Egypt — read the details in the material “Rosaviation has not confirmed the resumption of charters in Hurghada Sharm el-Sheikh «.
Let us remind you that the Egyptian side «according to tradition» in advance encouraged the Russian travel market — the domestic controlling agency has officially denied forecasts for the opening of resorts. However, it is obvious that the final decision on this matter is made not by the Federal Air Transport Agency, but by higher authorities, therefore, the aviation officials clearly do not intend to «run ahead of the locomotive.» However, the Egyptians insist that the Egyptian aviation authority has already issued the Russian airline Nordwind Airlines, affiliated with the tour operator Pegas Turistik, permission to operate four direct flights a week to Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada, starting March 28. this airline was the first to submit such a request.
At the same time, tour operators are ready to resume such programs as soon as they receive official permission from the Russian authorities. Voskan Arzumanov, general director of the tour operator TEZ TOUR, the only company that has not stopped selling tours to Egypt all these years, told the correspondent of the TURPROM information group about this. “The first thing I would like to emphasize is that Egypt is not at all closed for Russian tourists. We fly through Cairo, and very well. Yes, a tour to Egypt has become more expensive — the reason is primarily in the carrier’s monopoly, the cost of hotels in this case is secondary, ”the expert explained.
At the same time, the interlocutor emphasized that if the government decides to restore direct flights with popular resorts in Egypt, TEZ TOUR will be ready to offer tourists tours to the country based on a charter flight program from regional cities of Russia, from where air travel to foreign destinations is allowed. But it is too early to “share the skin of an unkilled bear”. “For all five years, while Egypt is closed, information about its imminent opening appears 3-4 times a year, but these forecasts remained far from reality. But the fact that the opening of Egypt will be positively received by the market and by the tourists themselves is unambiguous, ”Voskan Arzumanov emphasized.
At the same time, the expert noted that, in principle, the pricing policy of Egypt is more than inclined towards tourists — but the situation is such that hotel prices are growing. “To attract guests during the post-quarantine period, Egyptian hotels provide favorable discounts on accommodation. In addition, most objects confirm the postponement of tours, flights on which were impossible due to quarantine measures, to 2021 on the most loyal conditions. But despite the fact that the prices for accommodation in most hotels in the country decreased by 1.5-2 times compared to the same pre-coronavirus period in 2020, and in some premium segment properties remained at last year’s level, due to the difference in currency rates, the cost in ruble terms increased proportional to the corresponding changes. So, in March, you can go on vacation together to the resorts of Egypt through Cairo with accommodation in a 4-5 * hotel and all inclusive meals from 100-120 thousand rubles, while a year earlier the cost of a similar tour started from 80-90 thousand rubles «, — said the interlocutor.
Moreover, despite the Turkish forecasts that prices in Turkey will fall immediately after the opening of Egypt, the expert assumes that Turkey will keep prices «to the last.» “There are too many factors for Turkey and their price reduction, due to which this may or may not happen. Tour operators are ready to“ start ”at the resorts of Egypt at the first permission signal from the state, and from all airports opened in Russia — there are opportunities for this. However, we are not ready to make specific predictions about the launch date of such programs and “share the skin of an unkilled bear” in the current conditions — which, in principle, is reasonable, since while the official authorities deny the opening of Egypt — read the details in the material “Rosaviation has not confirmed the resumption of charters in Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh «.
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