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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Place in the sun there: the Tunisia “closed”, as Egypt and Turkey

For the Russian tourist industry the statement of the Federal tourism Agency was unexpected. How then to explain the words of the speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko, said last week that Tunisia this year has a good chance to increase the number of tourists from Russia? Then she noticed that Russia, unlike most countries, did not recommend their citizens to refrain from trips to Tunisia, as the work of local law enforcement is quite effective. Also the Russian tourist industry this year made a bid for Tunisia. According to the Association of tour operators of Russia, the number of Charter flights in this area in the summer has increased five times compared to last year (when the resorts of the country was visited by about 80 thousand Russians). According to the results of the may holidays Tunisia was in second place in popularity among Russians among foreign resorts, behind only Greece.

photo: Gennady Cherkasov

Press Secretary of the Russian Union of travel industry Irina Tyurina confirmed “MK” that Tunisia recently been considered as an approach that is able to replace Turkey and Egypt: local hotels working on system “all inclusive”, the cost of permits is relatively small, plus the lack of need to apply for a visa. “The warning of the Federal tourism Agency about possible terrorist attacks in Tunisia will certainly lead to a drop in demand. The tour operators will have to adjust the number of Charter flights,” — sure Tyurin. She added that these days at local resorts of tourists from Russia a little, the main arrivals of vacationers will begin next week, the start of the majority of the flight programs.

This begs another question: we live in such a reality, when the terrorist threat can occur absolutely anywhere in the world. Of course, Tunisia is a Muslim country, the threat of terrorist attacks there greater. However, it remains unclear from what sources Rosturizm received information about impending terrorist attacks. Moreover, the severity of such warnings depends on the availability of the recommendations of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. But diplomats are silent. So now by law in case of cancellation the travel Agency will be entitled to deduct from the cost of the permit costs actually incurred.

Representatives of the tourist industry do not rule out that the history of Tunisia may be the interests of the Russian resorts, which in the conditions of crisis it is necessary to download. So experts, by the way, he considers the attempt to “hold” the resumption of air links with Egypt. In the second version, in the case of falling demand for Tunisia in risk will be large tour operators with Turkish roots, who placed a large number of charters in per good download. It’s a chance to get them out of the Russian market.

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