As the Director-General of the Alean National Tour Operator Ilya Umansky noted, when analyzing winter sales, one should separate the New Year holidays and the off-season in general. After the introduction of additional restrictions in the regions, there is a decrease in the dynamics of New Year's sales and cancellations of previously purchased vouchers. However, he stressed, this dynamics corresponds to the level of the last year. The factors that primarily affect demand are tourists' concerns about additional restrictions and concerns about refunds for paid tours if new restrictions are introduced.
Quite a high demand for winter recreation is visible in all resort regions. The five leaders remain unchanged − these are Krasnodar Territory, Crimea, Tatarstan, Moscow Region and Kaliningrad.
According to Ilya Umansky, another factor in the demand for holidays within Russia is the deficit of rooms in popular resort regions.
"This issue is really extremely important. Preserving not just resort areas, but the number of rooms that currently exists is a task not only at the level of one region, it is a federal concern. We have developed the ways out of such situations, which are beneficial both for developers and for the regions, and most importantly, for investors. It is possible to create a certain investment methodology, for example, in the creation of apart-hotels − in the territory of the Russian Federation there are so far quite a few examples that are successful enough. This issue needs to be discussed at the level of many regions, since the preservation of the recreational opportunities of the regions is associated with serious economic drivers," said Minister of Resorts and Tourism of Crimea Vadim Volchenko.
In turn, the deputy director for work with the authorities of the travel company "TUI" Alexander Sirchenko added that the company is constantly developing mechanisms to reduce the impact of restrictive measures on the formation of tourist traffic. For this, the network of domestic charter routes is expanding, the share of domestic tourism in the development of the company is increasing.
According to Vadim Volchenko, all figures should be treated carefully with consideration of their meaning.
"If we are talking about a decrease in bookings for the first half of November, then after the introduction of QR codes there was a certain decrease of bookings mainly for group accommodation, for individual accommodation it did not change much, but closer to working days it practically recovered. At the same time, more than 130 thousand guests recreated in Crimea in the first week of November. This is 33% higher than in 2020, when there were no restrictions. Therefore, we must simply ascertain that domestic tourism is really not just a driver of the region, it is the direction that continues to develop very dynamically, despite the restrictions," stressed Vadim Volchenko.
The "Intourmarket. Open Crimea" Forum takes place on November 18-19. It gathered representatives of Rostourism, federal and republican governments, as well as representatives of the authorities of the tourist regions of the Russian Federation, business, and public organizations on the online platform. The two-day forum is attended by over 70 authoritative industry speakers from more than 40 regions of the Russian Federation − from Kaliningrad to the Primorskiy Territory. Participants will discuss topics such as a strategy for the development of domestic tourism, work in conditions of current restrictions, retention of personnel in the hotel industry, yachting and rural tourism, promotion of event projects and many others. The event was organized by the Ministry of Resorts and Tourism of the Republic of Crimea together with the Expotour company with the informational support from Rostourism.