No flights, sky-high prices: Russia's tourism is in crisis, travel agencies are sounding the alarm
The sanctions against Russia and the closed entry of citizens of the terrorist country to most civilized countries are having an impact - the Russian tourism market is in crisis, and the range of tourist transportation leaves much to be desired. For the tours that agencies can offer to Russians, they will have to pay, as the operators themselves say, "space" amounts that few people are willing to pay.
It is allegedly "psychologically difficult" for Russians to pay 150 thousand rubles (about 55 thousand hryvnias) for a trip to Sharm el-Sheikh or 250 thousand rubles (more than 91 thousand hryvnias) to Thailand. Representatives of travel companies of the aggressor state complain about the situation to specialized Russian media.
For example, a travel agent in Perm complained: "The range of outbound destinations with direct flights for the fall and winter season is still limited to Egypt. Summer programs to Turkey are about to end. Travelers have almost nothing to choose from. We traditionally had flights to the UAE, but now we have to go to this destination from Yekaterinburg, which is 360 km from Perm."
The lack of adequate convenient air connections, a poor choice of destinations, and unreasonably high prices force Russian tourists to give up traveling and stay at home.
As we have already noted, the cost of a trip can cost 150-250 thousand rubles. And these are far from the maximum amounts. Travel agents comment: "For tourists, such prices are 'psychologically unacceptable'. It's not even a matter of people not having money. We have solvent clients, but they just don't want to pay twice as much for a tour as they did a year ago."
Travel agents in terrorist Russia believe that direct flights to Thailand will be launched from Perm, Samara, Tyumen and Chelyabinsk. After all, residents of these and nearby cities have to travel hundreds or even thousands of kilometers to get to Moscow or Yekaterinburg and fly to Thailand for a vacation.
"Unlike Perm or Chelyabinsk, where there is a regional hub, Yekaterinburg, relatively close by, tourists from Samara have no alternative to a direct flight from their city - they have to go on a tour from nearby Moscow (the distance between Samara and Moscow is 1065 km - ed.)," Russians complain.
As a reminder, Russian tourists in Europe are resorting to shameful pranks - pretending to be Ukrainian refugees to get free food, clothing, money, or any other assistance.
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