Tour operators asked to open borders with countries with high tourist demand

The Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) asked the authorities to restore air traffic with “massive outbound tourist destinations.” She proposes to open borders with countries that are in demand among Russian tourists and who are ready to receive them without quarantine. Among them are Turkey, Cyprus, Greece, Egypt, Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro and Tunisia.

The appeal was sent to the head of the headquarters for the fight against coronavirus, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova. ATOR reported that the closure of Turkey led to an increase in the obligations of tour operators to tourists to 44 billion rubles. “About 1.3 million people cannot realize their vacation for reasons beyond their control or the travel industry,” the letter says. ATOR believes that the tourism industry in Russia in terms of the volume of unfulfilled obligations has returned to the indicators of the spring of 2020.

“The opening of mass routes will be safe, including based on the epidemiological criteria of the headquarters itself. After all, the situation in the “closed” countries today looks better than in the “open” countries, where Russian tourists are now flying, ”the ATOR said in a statement. The Association believes that the resumption of transportation will stimulate the vaccination process in Russia, since there are special entry conditions for the vaccinated.

According to ATOR, you can fly from Russia to 21 countries. 11 of them have “relatively massive demand”, but they remain limited in terms of “amount of transportation”. Tour operators note that less than 10% of offers from 2019 volumes are available to Russian tourists.

An ATOR poll showed that only 3% of Russians who could not fly out of Russia due to new restrictions are considering transferring their vacation to Russian resorts. 72% decided to wait for the resumption of flights, 26% chose other countries.

About the situation with tourism in Russia – in the material of “Kommersant” “Tourists are sent away.”

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