Rosturizm: retired travelers

The number of airline tickets purchased by passengers over 60 years old has doubled in three years.
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This is evidenced by the results of a study conducted by the Federal Agency for Tourism, together with the aggregator Biletix. According to Rostourism, analytics of ticket sales in the first half of 2018 show that Simferopol, Sochi, Mineralnye Vody, Anapa and St. Petersburg became the most popular domestic destinations among Russian tourists over 60 years old. In previous years, Krasnodar and Kaliningrad were also in the top five.
Rosturizm also notes that the highest proportion of travelers of retirement age is recorded in the Kaliningrad and Omsk regions, as well as the Perm region.
During the study, it also became known that retirees travel more within the country than representatives of other age groups. So, in the first half of 2018, 71% of pensioners flew around Russia, 29% - abroad. In terms of all sales without an age filter, this ratio is 61% and 39%, respectively.
In addition, it was noted that pensioners more often began to prefer rail transport. According to the Federal Passenger Company, in January-June 2018, the train went on a trip by 11.5% more passengers over 60 years than in the same period last year.
The head of Rosturism, Oleg Safronov, noted that tourism for elderly Russians is of an extremely important social nature: "It meets the strategic objective of increasing the average life expectancy of our population, strengthening the health of the nation and ensuring active longevity of Russians, as well as the goals of developing the tourism industry in Russia, building year-round domestic tourist flow and increasing the share of tourism in the total gross domestic product of the country. "
He also noted that in order to expand the range of tourist offers focused on the needs and interests of older people, Rosturizm initiated the implementation of the federal project "Accessible Journey", the priority of which is to involve the organizations of the sanatorium-resort complex in it.
According to "Rossiyskaya Gazeta", Russian pensioners have become more active to travel not only in the country, but also abroad. "Bus tours to Europe go well.Most of all, of course, love the Mediterranean for its mild climate and close to our culture. Popular tours to Italy, Spain, Greece. Moreover, our retirees are increasingly reminiscent of Europe - they also travel mainly in groups, often choosing cultural and educational tours, ”said the vice-president of the Russian Union of Travel Industry Yuri Barzykin.
At the same time, according to the observations of experts, most often Russian pensioners, especially when it comes to Russia and Europe, travel with their own money. "Something is postponed from the pension if the person is still working, something from additional sources of income from the crop sold from the plots, renting housing. Children can help someone to relax, for example, if you need to send your child with grandparents sea, "- analysts say.
Director of A-Tour travel company Konstantin Balyberdin (Perm) was skeptical of the statements of Rostourism: “I don’t believe the data of Rostourism and I’m very surprised at such figures. I didn’t notice that pensioners began to travel more. Vouchers like they purchased last year, last year , also purchased now.<...> Mostly young people buy vouchers, but that’s also a bit. We keep records and see that there is no growth in sales of vouchers. <...> Unfortunately, most of our retirees can only dream of traveling. "
Igor Krupennikov (Ulyanovsk), director of the OGKU “Analytics”, argues that the given data is true: “As the old joke says, there is a lie, there is a big lie and there is statistics. It depends on what and with what to compare. If you simply compare what three years ago, 100 retirees bought air tickets, and this year, 300 flew suddenly, then there is a threefold increase, but 300 retirees compared to the number of retired this year will be a drop in the ocean. but on my At first glance, it doesn’t quite reflect the general picture of the country. Still, most of the pensioners do not use the services of travel agencies, although, on the other hand, an increase in traveling older people is possible due to pilgrimage routes. <...> It is possible that the number of pensioners - tourists grow, but they get not very expensive trips. "
Candidate of Philosophy, Associate Professor of the Department of Philosophy of the Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology of the Bashkir State University Rustem Vakhitov (Ufa) believes that the conclusions of Rostourism are valid for only a small part of pensioners: increased 2 times. What does it mean increased 2 times? Last year 40 pensioners traveled, and now 80? It will still be a very small fraction of the total number of pensioners. Based on personal observation and personal life experience, I can say that I do not have the impression that our pensioners began to actively and freely travel, such as their peers from Germany and the United States. <...>
Another important point: we must not forget that we have two pension systems. Civil servants receive a pension from the state, and not from the Pension Fund. Military personnel, law enforcement officers, federal civil servants receive a considerable pension. But pensioners, state employees (doctors, teachers, cultural workers, etc.) receive money from the Pension Fund.<...> It turns out that those who already have enough big money are funded by the state, and those who do not have them receive pensions from the Pension Fund. <...> So, most likely, former officials showing a pension certificate, rather than simple pensioners, began to travel more. "
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