In 2015, when the devaluation of the ruble Russian travelers were forced to reduce the number of trips to Europe and started to look for new directions, significantly increased the demand not only for domestic tourism but also for travel to the countries of the former Soviet Union. The peak demand occurred in the summer of last year, when, for example, interest in Georgia and Armenia has increased by half.
A significant change in the pattern of demand in the tourist market began in the winter of this year, the newspaper “Kommersant”. The decline in the popularity of the resorts of Russia and countries of the former Soviet Union experts attribute the growing interest of Russian tourists to Turkey and Europe.
The Russians began to refuse from trips around the country, are increasingly showing interest in overseas areas. More likely, this trend became significant during the period of may holidays, when sales trips to Russia decreased by 15-30%. Interest to travel in the post-Soviet countries also began to decline, as evidenced by the data search engine Momondo.
According to this service, the number of search queries for air tickets to Georgia for the summer period compared to the same period last year decreased by 16% over the year-this country has fallen from ninth to 13th place in the ranking of the most popular summer destinations.
The number of queries to the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, for the year fell by 24%. According to Momondo, the popular Kyrgyzstan has decreased over the year by 19%, Kazakhstan – 15%, Moldova – 18%, Armenia – 1%.
The same trend is noticed in the organized market. According to the General Director of tour operator “Dolphin” Sergei Romashkina, the demand for Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan in this year was 20% lower.
In Momondo believe that among independent travelers this trend will continue in the summer months. The same, according to Sergei Romashkina, is characteristic of post-Soviet countries, who for two years was unable to obtain steady fans from Russia.