Tour operators have offered Russians a less expensive alternative to Turkey – the Dominican Republic, the demand for tours to which has grown by 225 percent compared to 2019. About it told “Izvestia” in the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR).
So, according to ATOR, there are offers of weekly tours to the Dominican Republic for two for 117 thousand rubles, while rest in a five-star hotel in Turkey and Egypt may be more expensive.
Vice-President of the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) Dmitry Gorin said that the Dominican Republic became the second country after Turkey that did not set a limit on charter air travel. “Turkey and the Dominican Republic are now in an advantageous position, because there are no restrictions on flights, and the rules of entry for tourists, unlike a number of countries, are simple and clear. In the case of the Dominican Republic, you don’t even need to do a PCR test or provide a certificate of vaccination, ”he explained.
According to Gorin, since the opening of regular flights between Russia and the Dominican Republic on August 9, flights depart with 100% load. The vice-president of ATOR assured that now one-week tours to the Dominican Republic in a four-star hotel can be found for 120-140 thousand rubles for two, which is comparable to Turkey and Egypt. If you choose not “all inclusive”, but only breakfast, then the price will be 117 thousand rubles.
Intourist told the newspaper that now the prices for tours to the Dominican Republic are comparable to the cost of recreation in branded five-star hotels in Turkish Antalya in July and August, although usually such tours to the republic cost 40-60 percent more. “The minimum cost of a trip for two will be 138,359 rubles for seven nights in a four-star hotel with all-inclusive meals. The average cost of the tour is 160,677 rubles for two for eight nights, ”the company said.
Earlier it was reported that the Turkish authorities planned to tighten coronavirus measures for tourists. According to Health Minister Fahrettin Koca, the issue of imposing national restrictions in the near future is not being discussed. However, due to the deterioration of the situation with COVID-19 in the republic, vacationers entering the country may be required to provide PCR tests at the entrance to public institutions located on the premises.