Water recreation: trends and prospects
Anyships booking service has celebrated the year of work in the water tourism market. Its founder, Georgiy Kozhukhovsky, shared the results of his work over this period and named directions for the development of water recreation in 2019.
Among the increasingly popular destinations are cruises on yachts. Moreover, in order to undertake such a journey, it is not necessary to have experience in managing a yacht, since the vessel can be rented together with the captain. In addition, there is an opportunity to purchase a cruise with accommodation in a separate cabin and go along the original route in a fun company.
For lovers of outdoor activities, diving safaris and kite safaris with allinclusive accommodation on mega-yachts are in demand. You can admire the underwater world in Egypt, Cape Verde, Sudan, where coral reefs, wrecks, unique marine flora and fauna show off.
In Egypt, kite safari cruises are also available for booking, during which you can learn kiteboarding. Excursions to the islands, along rivers and canals are in constant demand, and in 2019 this trend will continue.
– And what is in demand among residents and guests of your hometown of St. Petersburg?
Here you need to highlight the target audience and for each consider your trend. For example, tourists who come to St. Petersburg by an organized group; for them can be rented fully ship. There are tourists traveling on their own.
When they plan their trip to the city, where many sights can be viewed from the water, they can choose in advance any of the 45 options for walking along the rivers and canals of St. Petersburg and buy a ticket at the pier or on-line on our service.
Another category is people who come to visit. They want to surprise friends or business partners, and they order water rides. This trend is developing more and more and is a kind of trend. Such requests are increasing, starting with individuals who come to friends, and ending with representatives of fairly large companies. From our service they buy from three-four to eighty tickets for river trams. With people with a bigger budget, renting a boat is popular, where you can see not only common sights, but also more unique places where sightseeing motor ships do not go.
Well-to-do people can book a yacht. This is an indicator of status and wealth. Petersburgers themselves are not as often as tourists using water transport. If they are chosen for water, then either with guests or with children.
– If we talk about geographical areas, which places of water recreation are gaining popularity in 2019?
Every year many Russian tourists rent sailing yachts in Thailand in the Canary Islands in the winter. More affluent people choose Dubai, Seychelles, Mexico. There are a lot of questions about Argentina and Venezuela, but due to the unstable political situation there are fewer orders there than in calmer regions. In winter, Cuba and the Caribbean are gaining popularity, both for the middle segment and for the better-off. In the fall and summer, demand for yacht charter rises on the Balearic Islands, the Cote d’Azur, Croatia and Greece. Of the cruises, Christmas trips on the Baltic Sea are in demand, because in one such tour you can visit several European cities with a Christmas program and cruises in the Persian Gulf, for those who spend the winter months warm. Summer is the season of cruises in the Mediterranean, both on sea liners and on yachts.
– Renting a yacht is always an expensive pleasure or are there budget options for such a holiday?
Rest on a yacht is comparable to a rest in a hotel. You can stay in a five star hotel, or you can book a two star hotel. The difference is that in the hotel you will only spend the night and spend the rest of the time somewhere else, and on the yacht you will be most of the time and move from island to island or along the coast. Each has its own requirements for comfort and stocks of finance. It is important where you plan to go, where you are going to spend the night, in wild bays or in marines, because the port fee is also included in the rental price: parking and mooring for the night costs between 20 and 200 euros. But there are two options to travel on a yacht budget. The first is to rent an inexpensive and not new boat, which will be equivalent to a two-star hotel. The second option is to buy a cabin in a sailing catamaran or a large five-cabin yacht for the same money. It is clear that you will not be alone, but if before going on such a journey, to get acquainted with the “cabin neighbors” and understand that they are close to you in spirit, the journey can turn out to be quite comfortable.