Expectations of tour operators
General Director of the Alean national tour operator, Vice President of the Association of Tour Operators of Russia Ilya Umansky points out a significant increase in demand for autumn holidays in Crimea. And he connects this with the domestic tourism stimulation program, as well as the prolongation of the successful season to the autumn.
"In September, compared to the last year, we are recording an increase in demand for Crimea by 50%, in October − twice as much. Such indicators were preconditioned, first of all, by the cashback program developed by Rosturizm. Thanks to it we see a good booking of the hotels in October. The shift in the beginning of the season to July has also played a role − it stimulated increased demand for September. Finally, good weather also makes it possible to extend vacations. As of today, the occupancy of accommodation facilities in September is up to 80%, in October − about 50%. The most popular hotels are fully booked until the end of October", — Ilya Umansky said in his comment to the Crimea Travel Portal.
According to him, in September all types of accommodation are popular with tourists: first, luxury hotels were booked, then the middle segment, and now mini-hotels and guest houses are already being booked.
A good accommodation rate in September-October is also noted by the director of the Tour Ethno tour operator company Andrey Pylov. The main demand, traditionally, for hotels and guest houses on the South Coast of Crimea.
"Crimea, we may say, has been lucky. Due to the fact that other directions are closed, we have a demand that prolongs the season, and we record a good tourist flow in the autumn. Some hotels are in a very high demand in the second half of September. In October, demand is also higher than last year, but insignificantly, — said Pylov in his comment to the correspondent of the Travel Portal. — The South Coast is occupied well, including October. The season there, I think, will continue until the end of October, and all this time they will have a completely normal and steady occupancy".
Online travel service analysis
This autumn the popularity of Crimean resorts has surpassed other top destinations in the South of Russia, Oksana Shustikova, director of development and communications of the Tvil.ru booking service emphasizes. Judging by the company's analytical data − by more than 80%.
"Crimean resorts are by more than 80% popular with tourists in September and October than the resorts in other regions of the Southern Federal District of the Russian Federation. Tourists book holidays in Crimea during the velvet season, on average for 6 nights and spend 2.5 thousand rubles ($ 33.5) a day for accommodation. The average price for a week's vacation for two is 16,778 rubles ($ 224)", — Oksana Shustikova noted.
Warm autumn in Crimea attracts mainly couples − 49%, as well as families − 17%, and singles − 14%. And 6% of women come to Crimea during the velvet season with children.
"In autumn, mainly local residents (13.92%) and tourists from Moscow and the Moscow region (32.84%), spend their holidays at the resorts of the peninsula. The top ten regions from which people come to Crimea during the velvet season also include St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region, Krasnodar Territory, Sverdlovsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov, Voronezh and Samara Regions, and the Republic of Tatarstan", — the Tvil.ru has counted.
As for accommodation facilities, most of all, mini-hotels and guest houses are booked through the travel service this fall − 76%. Apartments are popular with 15% of Russians, cottages − with 6%, tourist bases − 1%, they summed up at the online travel service.
As already reported, in two months of the resort season − from July 1 to September 1 − more than 3 million 539 thousand tourists spent their vacations in Crimea. More than 800 accommodation facilities continue to operate in the Republic, under the recommendations of Rospotrebnadzor (Russian Consumer Protection Authority). Airlines maintain a schedule of direct flights to Crimea from different regions of the Russian Federation until November.