The decrease in real wages, the high cost of trips, particularly plane tickets, and economic and political uncertainties have left Russian citizens feeling uncertain about their ability to travel abroad in the summer of 2023.
A study conducted in Russia showed that only 4 percent of the country’s citizens plan to spend the next summer vacation abroad.
According to data from Superjob, 7 percent of those surveyed two years ago gave this answer.
10 percent of those under the age of 24 are planning to go abroad for summer vacation this year.
This year’s most popular destinations among Russian tourists are Tunisia, Turkey, Abkhazia, Greece, and Cuba.
Europe is now an “exceptional destination“: EU members Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Denmark, Romania, Belgium, and the Netherlands stopped issuing visas to Russian citizens.
All European countries except Serbia, as well as the Dominican Republic, Mexico and the United States suspended flights to and from Russia.
In Russia, on the other hand, the government plans to spend 12 billion rubles this year to develop domestic tourism.
Some tax exemptions for tour agencies are also on the agenda in domestic tourism.