Rising fuel prices make short vacations in northern Macedonia impossible
The increase in the price of oil fuels imposes the planning of more days of rest in the tourist centers of Northern Macedonia, or in the tourist destinations in the neighboring countries, unlike the last years when the vacation was divided into three or four parts, or moved to more tourist centers. , say the citizens surveyed by Radio Free Europe.
“Years ago when I was on vacation in Albania, I had the opportunity to travel to more different tourist destinations, and not to be positioned in only one place, but now with the increase in oil prices, we look at offers that have destinations “shorter here inside Northern Macedonia, to strike a balance with rising oil prices, namely the cost of transportation,” says Blerim, as he plans a vacation with his wife and two daughters.
According to a calculation by Radio Free Europe, to get from Skopje to Ohrid, respectively for 360 kilometers round trip need 3 thousand 520 denars (57 euros), or about 20 euros more, compared to a year ago .
Meri Stojanovska tells Radio Free Europe that last year she spent her holidays in Montenegro.
This year she has decided to travel by bus, as she only had to allocate around 130 euros for car fuel.
“I will travel by bus, I have nothing to do. “Expenses will have high costs if I travel with my private car”, she says.
Marija Sotirovska, a pensioner, says that earlier in the summer, she and her husband went to lodges in the villages around Lake Mavrovo almost every weekend, but this year, due to the increase in fuel prices, they prefer to stay longer.
“Prices are very high. We have not started the car for three weeks now. We are waiting for the children to go on vacation, not to take care of their nephew and to stay longer in Mavrovo. “Earlier, we went every weekend, but now the oil is doubled, while the pensions are the same.”
Travel agencies, on the other hand, say that citizens’ interest in offers has increased, especially in Turkey, after the devaluation of the Turkish lira against the US dollar.
“There is more interest in Turkey, especially for those offers that cover transport. However, in the nearest destinations, the older ones prefer organized transport by bus, while the younger ones choose private cars “, says Suzana Zelenikoska from a travel agency in Skopje.
According to her, the increase in the price of petroleum products also imposes the increase in the price of offers, which in some cases remains minimal, in order to respect the contracts with customers.
“We have such agreements with many tourist centers that are related to the increase in oil prices. In this way, they calculate their expenses, in this case we make it impossible for us to remain correct with our clients and cut from the benefit that the agency has, as much as we can “, says Zelenikoska.
During this week, crude oil per barrel has dropped on international stock exchanges by seven dollars, but the price of this product in Northern Macedonia has increased twice within the last week, equaling gasoline, or about 1.80 euros. per liter.
The chairman of the Energy Regulatory Commission, Marko Bislimoski, says that the increase in the price of refined oil is related to the pressure exerted by the increase of the dollar exchange rate in the country.
According to data from the European Statistics Agency, Eurostat, the majority of citizens of northern Macedonia use diesel cars, about 53 percent, 44 percent with gasoline and only three percent have gas cars.
Almost negligible is the number of citizens who have cars with electricity./REL/