Russian tour operators report an increase in demand for holidays this May, compared with last year: 10-15% for foreign destinations and up to 20% on tours within Russia. Top choices are resorts in Krasnodar region, the Crimea, Moscow, and St. Petersburg, the Golden Ring routes and river cruises. Top outbound destinations include Cyprus, Greece, Spain, Montenegro, Czech Republic, Italy and France.
Regarding outbound destinations, Serbia, Montenegro and Morocco have gained popularity in May, due to their visa-free entry for Russians. Among the leading European visa requiring destinations that gained popularity are Italy, France, Spain, Croatia, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, and the UK. For sun and warm seas Russians first choice seems to be Cyprus,and then the UAE, Sri Lanka, Goa, Southeast Asian countries and Greece, as shown in TUI Russia's increased sales volume.
According to the German tour operator, the market is mainly and naturally affected by the absence of the two destinations that have been leaders during the past year, Turkey and Egypt. "For May holidays in 2015, these areas were the leaders in demand, followed by Italy, Cyprus, Greece. This year, these three destinations, Cyprus, Italy and Greece have taken the lead. Cyprus has become more popular as an alternative to other warm countries, and excursions to Italy during this period remains always in demand", TUI Russia reports. This year, most tourists traveling abroad select budget solutions and reduce the duration of stay.