Experts Reported on the Tourist Flow to the Islands of the Indian Ocean from Russia
The results of three quarters of the Russian tourist flow in four exotic island destinations of the Indian ocean – Maldives, Seychelles, Sri Lanka and Mauritius - have been published. Some of them showed a drop in tourist flow from Russia, others – growth.
In total, 108 475 Russian tourists visited the Maldives, Seychelles, Sri Lanka and Mauritius in January-September 2018.
Maldives is a leader among the entire exotic island of the Indian ocean as the absolute numbers of tourist arrivals from Russia, beating on regular transportation even Sri Lanka with its direct Charter, and the dynamics of annual growth.
According to tour operators, the Maldives has its own well-established audience, which is growing at the expense of other exotic island. The premium segment was virtually untouched during the crisis. Tourists are attracted here by the favorable price offers of hotels and the possibility of direct flights.
According to statistics from the office for tourism development of Sri Lanka, in 2018 for the same period (January-September) to the island came 42 053 Russians, which is 12.4% more in annual terms than last year. Tourist flow from Russia to Sri Lanka is growing for the second year in a row. This is facilitated by tour operators, organizing direct Charter flights to the island, thereby reducing the final price of the tour.
In January-September this year, 8 390 tourists arrived from Russia to the Seychelles. This is 16% less than in the same period last year. Nevertheless, Russia is in the TOP 10 key entry markets of Seychelles for the three quarters.
According to the national statistical system of Mauritius, in January – September 2018, the tourist flow from Russia fell by 9.5% compared to the same period in 2017: from the beginning of the year 6950 tourists from Russia arrived on the island. Its role in the fall of the tourist flow is played by the weak promotion of the direction in Russia and the lack of direct flights.