The share of air ticket bookings to these countries doubled in August
South Africa and India are becoming increasingly popular tourist destinations for Russians. The share of flight bookings to these two countries has doubled in Russia compared to July. This was reported by TASS, citing a study by OneTwoTrip. Experts analysed bookings with departures between 1 and 31 August and compared them to bookings made for July.
In addition, in the last summer month Russians more frequently chose Asian destinations - the share of tickets purchased to Vietnam and Thailand increased by 71% and 67% respectively.
According to the travel planning service, Indonesia (up 60% in bookings in August), Israel (+20%), the United Arab Emirates and Kazakhstan (+15%) also made it to the top destinations. In addition, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Belarus made the list - demand for each of these destinations increased by 12%.
Recall that on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in June, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced his intention to continue working on the tourism recovery, noting that "travellers from other BRICS countries accounted for 65% of all arrivals to South Africa in 2018". He noted that tourism was one of the biggest sectors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.