Jan 26 2015 - 15:05
Tours abroad have already increased in price by 50% and may become 30% more costly. Prices for tickets to Europe have increased by 50-70%, to Asia by 20-30%. The tourism flow may drop by 30-40% this year, Kommersant reports. Maya Lomidze, the executive director of the Association of Tour Operators of Russia, relates such a dramatic increase of expenses to the weakening ruble. Marina Makarkova, a spokeswoman of Coral Travel, admitted a drop in demand for summer tours by around 50%. Tour operators are offering hotel discounts to attract tourists.
Dec 30 2014 - 09:13
A bus with 27 Russian tourists crashed into a car on the Phuket Island in Thailand. It turned over near the entrance to Patong Beach, RIA Novosti reports.25 passengers were injured, two Thai passengers were gravelyinjured, according to Vladimir Sosnov, the head of the consul's office of the Russian embassy.12 of the passengers remain at the Patong Hospital, the rest were discharged.
Dec 18 2014 - 15:19
The EU has banned tourism, investments and trade in Crimea. EEAS spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic confirmed the information, Interfax reports.Details about the new bans will be published on the official page of the EU on Friday. The sanctions will come into force on Saturday.
Oct 9 2014 - 19:36
Experts from Switzerland, who participated in a scientific symposium held in Adygea on the development of tourism and the use of the Swiss experience in managing mountain territories, recommend working on the infrastructure of the region and building small residential settlements in the mountains. These settlements will serve as a basis for the development of tourism.
Sep 9 2014 - 09:57
Russians are the main visitors of Europe among non-EU countries (6% of all tourists). Only Germany (14%) and the UK (9%) are ahead of Russia. 5.4% of tourists in Europe come from the U.S., similar numbers from France, Netherlands and Italy, Interfax reports.The Russian tourism market increased by 13%, compared with the previous year.
Aug 22 2014 - 09:24
33 tourists died and over 40 were injured in a collision between two tourist buses 50km from Sharm el-Sheikh. Spokesman of the Egyptian Healthcare Ministry Mohamed Lashin said that tourists from Russia, Saudi Arabia and Yemen were among those injured. Some media said that Ukrainian tourists were mistaken for Russians, RIA Novosti reports.