Moldovans are starting to plan their summer vacation. Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria are among the most popular destinations
Although there are still good weeks until the summer, many Moldovans are already starting to plan their holidays. As usual, the most popular destinations are Gercia, Turkey, but also Bulgaria. Travel agencies say that bookings are still in high demand a few months in advance, so they hope they will have a good season, Moldova 1 reports.
Instead, the war in Ukraine cut short the desire of foreigners to come to Moldova.
According to travel agents today, there are more than 40 percent more requests compared to the same period in 2021. If last year people preferred to buy holiday sheets during the summer, this year most prefer early bookings.
"There are a lot of people looking for low-cost tickets in Greece, where there are very good prices. For example, the rate for one person starts at 129 euros and includes travel, accommodation for seven nights, excursions and medical insurance. There are additional costs for food," said Ion Curmei, director of the travel agency.
Turkey, Bulgaria and Greece are some of the most popular destinations. Travel agencies say bookings have been underway since February, and it is now quite difficult to get a travel slip.
"I had a lot of reservations for March and February. Now prices have gone up. For Egypt, for example, we no longer have tickets," said Angela Orlovschi, director of the travel agency.
Instead, the destinations in the country are practically deserted. Due to the pandemic, but also the war in Ukraine, foreigners give up coming to Moldova.
"Unfortunately, there are very few tourists. We do not know how rural tourism will develop. Tourists will come from abroad or they will be just our citizens," said Olesea Cojocaru, boarding house administrator.
According to the National Bureau of Statistics, in 2021 the revenues of travel agencies and tour operators amounted to over 2.3 million lei.