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This year cheap travels will be the most popular ones among Latvian tourists, travel agencies representatives told the business news portal BNN.

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUTravel agency Baltatour Communications Department representative Antra Karpova points out when comparing 2010 with 2009, it turns out the demand of the wealthy has not dropped, compared to the middle class. She links this to the economic crisis.

Travel Time Board member Ēriks Lagzdiņš says they started to feel the crisis back in 2009 already, however the impact of the consequences was the most severe last year. Speaking about tourist groups, he indicates if the number comprised 180 groups in 2009, it drooped by half in 2010 – 90 groups. The average turnover per client declined as well.

Lagzdins believes the trend will not be ongoing and the situation will improve this year. He adds that judging from the performance of January, the turnover will surge in 2011. Compared to January, 2010, this year’s turnover has tripled, moreover, it is the same even when not including the prepayments for group travels scheduled for the next months.

Both Travel Time representative and tourism agency Impro Marketing Department Head Zinaīda Tarasova reveal that Asian countries popularity will spike this year as well. Lagzdins believes that people will travel more, but to closer destinations.

According to the agencies, Egypt, Turkey, Thailand, China, Cyprus and Norway were the most popular destinations in 2010. Similalry, people also travelled across the Baltic states.

Neither Impro, nor Balttour and Travel Time feel the competition with foreign agencies. Impro representative Tarasova indicates that they offer group travels with a guide speaking in Latvian, while Travel Time Board member Lagzdins points out there is no competition if you take up a specific niche, for example, exotic travels. Antra Karpova from Balttour says people trust local companies more, however more experienced travellers might as well look for beneficial last minute offers abroad.

Speaking about tourism challenges, Lagzdins points at the Icelandic volcano eruption, causing great problems, because flights throughout the whole Great Britain were cancelled. He is sad they had to abandon one of the most popular destinations this year – Egypt. Many tourism agencies have cancelled their travels to Egypt and we really do hope this is not for a long time, he says.


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  1. Tom Piller says:

    That’s logical. Why not make use of the crisis and take a look at cheaper but not less beautiful cities and countries.

  2. Kim says:

    In times when everyone is trying to economize short-haul destinations can be really useful.

  3. Armena says:

    An intelligent point of view, well expersesd! Thanks!

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