The summer season – 2022 will be difficult – this is an axiom. Those who work out all the possible scenarios in the tourism market more carefully and calculate all the risks, will be better prepared for it, which means that they will have more chances for a successful job. Find out which trends you need to pay attention to in our material.
Entry Market 2.0: Preparing to restart
Although incoming tourism is going through difficult times, more than half of the players in this market plan to participate in exhibitions, road shows and other events aimed at promoting Russian tourism products abroad in 2022. In addition, representatives of the tourism industry, who have not dealt with entry in the past, they are about to enter the realm of inking. These are the data of a survey conducted by Profi.Travel and the Russian Association of Travel Industries in April.
It is obvious that the structure of the incoming market will change in relation to the pre-pandemic. The main suppliers of tourists should be the countries that are not included in the list of “unfriendly” – mainly China, India and the Middle East. In addition, judging by the results of the survey, China is considered the most promising in the tourism industry (37.3%), despite the restrictions that continue to operate there due to the pandemic.
On how the industry participants assess the prospects of the Arab market, they believe that the volume of tourist flow from the CIS countries will be compared with the Indian ones, what factors hinder the development of inbound tourism and why, at the same time, companies see need for active communication with foreign partners, read in our article.
Rising restaurant prices will increase demand for all-inclusive hotels
Experts predict a sharp rise in the prices of catering services in cafes and restaurants this summer. Product suppliers have already raised prices – for some items up to 120%. The restaurants shared this data with Profi.Travel.
According managing director of the Moscow restaurant Eat & Talk Alexander Abgaldaev, next summer season, every trip to a restaurant will cost at least 20-30% more than in early February. And it is possible for many tourists, in order to save money, to choose excursion packages based on the all inclusive. And the “buffet” system will allow hotels to somewhat offset rising food prices. “We have been specializing in tourist groups since 2007 and this is just the choice of the buffet. Here the system is simple – the more attendance you have, the lower the cost of the products. “There are also less staff costs – the guests themselves take the dishes and bring them to the table, all that remains is to remove the dishes,” he explained.
The restaurant’s case is confirmed by the tour agents. Thus, according to Intourist statistics, the share of all-inclusive hotel bookings this season has increased from 10 to 30%, depending on the area where there are facilities operating with such a system.
Airlines preparing for full withdrawal of foreign booking systems from Russia
Russian airlines are considering a scenario in which global booking systems will completely abandon the Russian market. In order to avoid the collapse of the passenger air transport system, market participants are already setting up their own back-up passenger service systems. This was reported to Profi.travel by aviation industry sources.
Following the imposition of Western sanctions, Saber announced the closure of operations in the Russian market. Its largest partner was the national carrier Aeroflot. In addition, the Spanish Amadeus and the Swiss SITA have significantly reduced their presence.
In fact, disconnecting airlines from booking systems can happen at any time, and it is the carriers’ job to minimize threats to passenger operations and comfort. Read how this problem is solved in our material.
Global travel agent urges Turkish hotels to cancel Russian bookings
European travel agent TUI has sent a letter to Turkish hotels asking them to cancel bookings by travel agents linked to Russian owners. The text of the appeal was shared by the host company Tantur. The letter concerns the cooperation with travel agents from the Baltic countries: TI Travel LLC, TI Baltics SIA and Borublita. Despite the fact that the companies are active in the EU market, their owners include Russians, whose cooperation is associated with the risk of sanctions.
As a source in the Turkish tourism industry told Profi.Travel, there will be no consequences for ordinary tourists. And everything that happens has a political explanation. “It is widely believed in the market that TUI is trying to force its major shareholder Alexei Mordashov, who is under EU sanctions, to sell its stake. “The immediate demands did not work, so TUI first closed its department and dismissed the Russian-speaking officials, among whom there were not only Russians, and then organized the leak of this letter to the press,” the interlocutor explained.
At the end of the week, the continuation of the story became known with the scandalous letter. According to European media, the company not only demanded the cancellation of bookings made through Baltic travel agencies, but also demanded the return of deposits for accommodation made under these counterparties. Experts say the demand for a refund of the deposit will be bad news for hotels, as the Turkish tourism market is facing serious financial difficulties, including after the start of the “special operation”. However, it is possible that market participants will be able to negotiate with Tantur for the transfer of payments to other orders.
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