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Vacation abroad to grow 10% to 40% pricier in winter

UrBC, Yekaterinburg, September 29, 2015. The winter of 2015/2016 might turn out to be very difficult for the Urals’ tourist market. Most likely, no new destinations or last-minute deals will be on offer, Zima Leto Group’s press center reports.

‘The growing US dollar and euro exchange rates will result in foreign travel getting pricier, but the price increases will vary. The least popular destinations will actually increase in price the most, and these might grow up to 40% more costly. As for the more mass-market destinations such as the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Thailand, and Greece, prices are likely to remain more or less the same and not grow by more than 10%. These countries see Russian travelers as their key customers and will do everything to keep the prices stable,’ says Director of Zima Leto Group Olga Gulyar.

Gulyar feels tour operators will put off launching new tours till a later date and will have to put up with lower tourist traffic on the existing travel routes than a year earlier. This will cancel out any last-minute deals. At the same time, the opportunities for domestic winter breaks will still be plentiful, with tourist traffic to Krasnodar Territory and the Crimea expected to stay at the same level.
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