MOSCOW, December 24. /ITAR-TASS/. The number of Russians who will go on vacation abroad is expected to grow by seven percent next year, CEO of the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) Maya Lomidze told a news conference on Tuesday.
In 2012 more than 15 million tourists from Russia were on vacation abroad; in the outgoing year the number of Russian vacationers abroad rose by 18 percent, and in 2014 it will further grow by approximately seven percent, Lomidze said.
ATOR analysts, who have looked through the related Internet sites, arrived at the conclusion that many programs are already available which enable to make early reservation of tours to Thailand, the United Arab Emirates for 2014. There are around 90 million proposals for vacationing at different price categories offered by countries popular among Russian tourists. Thus, Egypt and Turkey have increased their proposals by approximately 25 percent, Lomidze said.
It is an abstract estimate so far because the potential vacationers are merely considering the proposed prices yet, Lomidze said. But the tour demand for the next summer period has surely grown, she underlined.
Next year the Russian tourists, as usual, will book tours to Turkey, Egypt, Thailand. A strong rivalry is expected between Italy, Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Croatia for leading positions in the rating of the most popular countries to visit. Finland deserves special attention because according to our sources, Finland might prove to be one of the five leaders preferred by Russian tourists, Lomidze said.