GEOID: 5 pluses and 5 minuses independent travel
Independent tourism in Russia is gaining momentum. According to representatives of the Russian hotel reservation system GEOID, annual independent tourism market growth is 10 to 20%, and in the coming years will only grow.
However, the Russians see not only positiveparty independent tourism, but also negative, and each time the selected mode of travel on the basis of many criteria. According GEOID, the main pros and cons of independent travel, according to the Russians, are as follows:
- The possibility of individual choice of the hotel.
Indeed, the tour operators, as a rule,They offer a limited choice of hotels, which is considerably inferior to the price and quality diversity represented on the major online booking engines.
- Possibility of booking payment in settlement of a day or for a few days before arrival.
Typically, tour operators require a 100% prepaymenttravels. Reservation of hotels through the reservation system often makes it possible to pay for them only in the settlement day. more and more difficult, but many airlines, even requiring payment in advance, it is still provided, if necessary, the possibility of a refund or ticket exchange with airline tickets.
- The ability to generate customized travel itineraries.
Independent tourists are generally notlimited to one city, making complex travel itineraries and visiting various towns and locations. For example, flying to Lisbon or Barcelona, you can stay 2 days in a hotel, such as the sea or ocean on two more in the heart of the city, and three more somewhere in the vicinity.
- The ability to fly is not charter and scheduled flights.
Of course, many charter flights scaretourists. Often, they used outdated aircraft and, as a rule, the service is not up to the level of regular flights. At the same time to know in advance the aircraft or any details of the service can be very difficult. People who are afraid of flights, the airlines prefer services and consider them much safer.
- Choice is not represented in the tourist market of travel destinations.
Of course, you can fly yourself inany part of the world and visit even the most remote village. If you are tired of the standard routes of tour operators, the independent travel here are the logical next step.
- The lack of "burning" vouchers.
With self-tourism often allit turns out quite differently than as when traveling with the tour operators. The earlier you buy plane tickets or book the hotel, the cheaper they will cost you. Nothing "burning" is usually not the case, although discounts and dumping also has not been canceled.
- Problems of individual excursion program planning.
Organized excursions by tour operators at independent travel is not. You will have to explore the sights or on their own or use the services of private local firms.
- Lack guides.
If each organized groupTravelers are usually put in charge of Russian escort, which helps deal with all the subtleties holiday abroad, then the individual journey you will have to deal with everything on their own.
- The complexity of buying tickets for charter flights.
Of course, in many cases, charter flightscheaper. When traveling alone, you can also buy tickets for them, but this would be difficult. Rather, for this you will also have to refer to the tour operator which sells the tickets are much more expensive than it would have cost him a part of the tour.
- The lack of organized transfer from airport to hotel and back
For the seasoned traveler that does not becomegreat complexity, it can quickly take a taxi and reach the destinations. However, a taxi costs quite expensive, especially if the hotel is far from the airport, and if you come to rest abroad and not very strong in foreign languages, you can face some difficulties and inconveniences.
"It seems to me, first of all it is necessary hereterms of the direction - says the head of the project GEOID Yuri Strizhak. - If we are talking about such a massive areas, such as Turkey and Egypt, there is independent travel will be less profitable. But if we are talking about traveling to some exotic location, or, for example, in large cities, or about a trip to Russia, the independent tourism leaves much more room for interesting holiday. "
Author: Dmitry Petrov, GEOID