Ukrainian tour operator Join UP! in Baltic, which started working in the Riga office in the middle of April, has already served 12 thousand tourists in the first three months of operation on the Baltic market and, preparing for the autumn tourism season, is opening new routes to the island of Zanzibar in Tanzania, the islands of Zakynthos and Crete in Greece, as well as Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh resorts in Egypt. Taking into account the popularity of the mentioned resorts among the Baltic residents, it is planned that Zanzibar will be visited by 9,000, the Greek islands by 9,500, and the Egyptian resorts by 54,000 by the end of the year.
"Since April 14, when we started our work in the Baltic market, we have already served 12 thousand customers. Starting a business in the Baltics has given Join UP! the opportunity to save jobs for Ukrainians and support the national economy, because Ukraine is currently fighting for the future of all of us. So far, we have not discovered any specific differences between tourists from Ukraine and the Baltic States. People are interested in quality holidays in a beautiful and orderly environment. The most obvious trend in the travel market right now is that early booking is back, with people booking travel in advance almost as much as before the pandemic. As an interesting national "treasure", I would like to note the fact that as we approached Midsummer festivities, the number of reservations increased three times and the trips offered by the company were sold out a week before the holiday. The most popular destination this summer is Turkey, thanks to its all-inclusive dining system. 99% of all tourists arriving in the Antalya region arrive with this comprehensive service. This means that you don't have to cook or take care of the house during your vacation, but you can enjoy your rest," says head of Join Up! Baltic Gediminas Kerys.
The destinations of the autumn season have been selected by analyzing both the climatic conditions of the destinations and the tourist habits of the region. In Greece, with the beginning of September, the islands of Crete and Zakynthos have been chosen as the company's new destinations. During the past 10 years, Crete has been the second most popular summer destination in the Baltic States. According to the company's estimates, by the end of the year, 1,500 tickets will be sold to these resorts in Riga, and 4,000 in Tallinn and Vilnius each. From the end of October, tourists from Baltics have booked places for 9 thousand vacationers in Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous island archipelago in the Indian Ocean. In addition, Zanzibar will be accessible for the first time by direct flight from the Baltic capitals. On the other hand, in the Egyptian resorts of Hurghada, Marsa Alam and Sharm El Sheikh, the tour operator has reserved places for 54 thousand vacationers since September. Join UP! Baltic forecasts show that using the services of the new Ukrainian capital operator, 14 thousand tourists from Latvia, 18 thousand from Estonia and 22 thousand from Lithuania could visit Egyptian resorts in the autumn season. Historically Join UP! brings the largest number of tourists in the world to Egypt.
Join UP! is a Ukrainian capital family company, the real beneficiaries of which are Yuriy and Oleksandr Albas. Tour operator Join UP! was established in 2010, and within 10 years has become one of the largest players in the tourism market in Ukraine. The company's network of partners in Ukraine covers more than 7,000 travel agents and about 130 agencies. Join UP! the main office is located in Kyiv, while the regional offices are located in Kharkiv, Odesa, Dnipro and Lviv. International offices and partner networks are represented in Moldova and Kazakhstan, but this year Join UP! has also opened offices in Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius. The parent company's Join UP! the strategic partner is the Ukrainian airline SkyUp Airlines. This airline is celebrating its fourth anniversary this year. The airline currently has 15 Boeing-737 medium-sized aircraft in its fleet. In 2021, the airline carried more than 2.5 million passengers, becoming the second largest Ukrainian airline in terms of the number of flights operated in Ukrainian airspace. As the next stage of the company's development, the opening of hotel networks in the most popular Join UP! in the served tourist destinations.