May 25, 2021. VCIOM presents the findings of a survey describing Russian plans for summer vacation.
Russians intend to spend summer vacation at home (52%), dacha (34%), in another Russian city (13%), at the Krasnodar krai and the Caucasus coast resorts (13%) or in Crimea (8%). Nine percent of Russians plan a trip abroad (outside the former USSR) or would like to travel to a place in the former USSR countries (except for Baltic countries), as well as Baltic countries (1%). Only every twentieth will use the services of travel agencies (5%).
Of those who are not going anywhere this summer, 40% say they have no money or have experienced a decrease in income; 14% are going to work or not going to take a vacation; 7% will not go anywhere due to poor health; 4% have no time to take a vacation; 4% will not go anywhere because of old age. Only 2% of Russians abandoned summer vacation plans due to COVID-19 threat (25% in 2020).
Summer vacation budget
Russians are going to spend an average of 40,022 rubles per traveler; compared to the previous year, there has been a decrease of 19 p.p.
More than one-third of Russians (36%) are saving up to have a trip. Almost every third (30%) will use their current funds; 8% will fund their trip using additional income (bonuses, side job, etc.); the trips of 4% of respondents will be paid by family and friends; 2% are going to finance their travel from a loan. Most of Russians travel with their family or in a group of four persons.
Development of domestic tourism
Over the past five years, 42% of Russians have travelled to other Russian regions; 29% of them did it repeatedly. More than half of respondents (58%) have not done that.
Those who have travelled around Russia over the recent five years give higher scores (on a 1-5 scale) to Russia’s climate and nature (4.49), an opportunity to explore new destinations (4.26), security (3.84), entertainment and leisure opportunities (3.82), as well as the contingent of tourists (3.73).
Three-quarters of Russians may opt for Russian destinations more frequently in the next few years (75%).
Top five Russian destinations involve Crimea (29%), Krasnodar krai (17%), Lake Baikal (15%), Altai Republic (14%), and Sochi (13%).
Among those who are heading to a Russian city, 13% will go to St Petersburg; 5% will go to Moscow; 3%, Yekaterinburg; 3%, Nizhny Novgorod; 3%, Anapa.
Tourism cashback program
Three-quarters of Russians (76%) have heard about the government’s tourism cashback program: up to 20% of the Russian tour will be refunded according to this program (70% heard about this program in 2020). At the same time, one–third of respondents (31%) are well informed about the program (19% in 2020).Twelve percent of Russians are going to use this program; 85% say no. This year, 2% of respondents report to have participated in this program (1% in 2020). Five percent of those who did live in Moscow or St Petersburg.
Russian nationwide VCIOM-Sputnik survey was conducted on May 15-16, 2021. A total of 1,600 of Russians aged 18 and older took part in the survey. Results are based on telephone interviews. Stratified dual-frame random sample based on a complete list of Russian landline and mobile phone numbers was used. The data were weighted according to selection probability and social and demographic characteristics. The margin of error at a 95% confidence level does not exceed 2.5%. In addition to sampling error, minor changes to the wording of questions and different circumstances arising during the fieldwork can introduce bias into the survey.
|Are you going to have a rest only at the weekend this summer (Saturday and Sunday) or to take your annual leave? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)|
|I will have a rest only at the weekend||18|
|I will take two weeks of vacation||15|
|I will take a month of vacation||9|
|I will take a week of vacation||6|
|I will take more than a month of vacation||5|
|I do not need a vacation to have a rest||1|
|If you are staying at home and are not going anywhere this summer, can you tell the reason why? (open-ended question, one answer, % of those who are staying at home; answers of at least 2% of respondents)|
|No money / decrease in income / financial problems||53||36||40|
|I will have to work / no vacation||12||6||14|
|Health problems / illness / disabled||8||6||7|
|Busy / things to do / no time||-||-||4|
|Home is better / I like staying at home||7*||2||3|
|Garden plot / garden / cattle||5||2||3|
|Housekeeping / house chores / repairs / household||12||2||3|
|Child / grandchildren / small children / child birth||2||2||2|
|COVID-19 / pandemics / self-isolation / everything is closed||-||25||2|
|Illness of relatives||-||1||2|
*In 2019, these answers were in “I do not want to go anywhere/ Home is better”