The Mayor of Sochi told reporters this week, 2016 promises the resort near full occupancy. At a session of the public coucil, Anatoly Pakhomov said the resort town will see upwards of 96% occupancy in 2016.
The mayor also noted that 2015 tourism numbers approached 100% occupancy, compared to the year of the Olympics, 2014 at 77%. Pakhomov said; “The city’s economy should receive a positive result. And spoke of the opening of the all season aspect resort Gorky Gorod from July 1.” The mayor noted that, according to statistics, most Russian tourists choose holidays in Sochi. According to a recent opinion survey, 27% of all travelers surveyed picked Sochi over Noumea, Anapa, and Crimea. With many of last year’s visitors being “first time” holiday seekers, it seems obvious that many of the expected tourists this year will be returning guests.