OneTwoTrip, a travel management service, revealed the destinations booked by tourists who fly business class, buy train tickets in luxury carriages, and stay in five-star hotels. For this purpose, orders placed in April were analyzed.
This April, the share of tickets issued in business class was less than 1% of the total number of bookings for flights. Note that this indicator has not changed over the year, but at the same time, the share of bookings abroad increased by 12% compared to the same period in 2021.
In April, most often in Russia, business-class tickets were purchased to the capitals: 32.7% of all orders were issued to Moscow, and 14.9% to St. Petersburg. Also popular are Sochi (share of bookings 12.9%), Kaliningrad (3.5%) and Mineralnye Vody (3%). In comparison with the same period last year, we note that the demand for flights to the Northern capital increased by 38%. Air tickets to southern destinations are also in demand: more than 60% to Sochi, and 30% to Mineralnye Vody.
The top foreign destinations are Istanbul, where 14.1% of the service's customers traveling in business class plan to go, as well as Yerevan (12%) and Dubai (11.7%). 6.5% of bookings were made to Tel Aviv, and 6.4% to Antalya.
The average cost of a one-way business class ticket in Russia in April is 58,600 rubles abroad – 95,000 rubles. Prices have changed over the year: in April 2021 they were 52,200 and 86,800 rubles, respectively.
Travelers most often planned to go to Moscow on trains in luxury carriages — 29.4% of orders were placed there. Next in the ranking, by a wide margin, are St. Petersburg, where 9.6% of trips are booked, Rostov-on-Don (6.2%), Sochi (5.1%) and Krasnodar (3.7%). Among these directions, we note the increased interest in Krasnodar – almost three times – and in Sochi – by 77%.
Over the year, seats in Lux carriages began to be booked more often: the share increased by 9% and now stands at 2 .4% of the total number of railway orders.
The average cost of a one-way ticket in April 2022 was 8,000 rubles, which is 500 rubles more than a year ago.
In April of this year, orders for rooms in five-star hotels were most often issued in Russia – 74%. However, the share of bookings of foreign high-end accommodations increased over the year: 26% versus 20% in 2021.
Most often, rooms in five-star hotels were chosen in April in Moscow (35.2% of all bookings in Russian destinations), St. Petersburg (18%) and Sochi (8%). The top 5 also includes Grozny (3.9%) and Kazan (3.7%). Demand for high-class hotels in Kazan increased 3 times over the year, in Grozny – 2.5 times, and in the Northern capital – by 50%.
Abroad, most bookings were made in Dubai (15.5 % of the total number of bookings abroad), Minsk (7%), Yerevan (6%), Antalya (4.8%) and Tashkent (4.4%).
In general, the share of hotel bookings in the category “five stars” decreased from 10.4% in April 2021 to 8.2% in 2022.
The average price for a room in a five-star hotel in Russia was 13,000 rubles per night. A year ago, in the same period, it was 12,500 rubles. And abroad, a room costs about 18,200 rubles, while in 2021, accommodation abroad could be issued on average for 16,400 rubles.
Separately, we note that for the May holidays this year 8.8% OneTwoTrip customers booked five-star hotels. The list of the most popular cities does not differ from the April one, but demand has somewhat redistributed: 25.3% of travelers will be accommodated in Moscow, 22% in St. Petersburg, 8.3% in Grozny, 7.6% in Sochi, and Kazan — 5.4%.