Speaking of great programs across Europe and the world, in Russia kids can use concessional travel on trains at half the normal price beginning July 1st. Some 2.5 million Russian children aged 10 to 17 years will benefit according to the head of the Federal Tourism Agency Oleg Safonov.
CNN and other mainstream media need westerners to feel like geo-policy has somehow ruined the Crimea peninsula for tourism. Since voting to return to being Russian, the people of this fascinating part of the world have weathered a political blitz, sanctions, and outsiders doing everything possible to misrepresent the reality there. Here is a candid […]
The nuclear powered icebreaker, FSUE “Atomflot” will make four of five voyages to the North Pole, according to Deputy General Director and Chief Engineer Mustafa Kashka. The company says the 12 day journeys aboard 50 Years of Victory will cost tourists around 1.8 million rubles ($28,000 US).
According to the most recent figures from a global study bv Visa, Russians spend on average $2,730 dollars on foreign travel, roughly 20% more than the worldwide average.
The “boomerang effect” of US and EU sanctions Russian President Vladimir Putin foretold of may be about to hit Europe travel businesses hard. The newly launched Russian low-cost Russian airline, has been forced to suspend its operations after the European Union (EU) sanctioned the airline over the Ukraine crisis.
In news from the Moscow Times, tourism to the Russian Federation has taken a hit this year so far as excessive costs and red tape have stifled European inbound travel there. According to the newspaper, the first quarter of 2011 saw a 24% decline in tourists from Europe. With the Sochi Olympic just around the corner, it may be time for half measures to cease.
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov offers a ray of sunshine for those who want a free-visa zone between the EU and Russia. At a press conference the Minister told reporters Russia and the EU are much closer to an agreement. So far the EU has stonewalled every attempt by the Kremlin to free up travel and tourism between Russia and the rest of Europe.
The Russian Federation’s travel and tourism initiative goes forward with a Moscow convention directed at the problems of medical tourism in Russia. The Russian Tourist Industry Union reaches out to the industry to help solve Russia’s principle issues where the disabled are concerned. Just as Prime Minister Putin embraces his gifted Bulgarian sheepdog, Russia seems to want to embrace the world now.
Russia’s government now intent on breaking down barriers for the travel and tourism industry there. What has been one of the most difficult countries in the world to visit, should the plan succeed, will become one of the world’s most visited. Russia holds some of the world’s greatest tourism treasures, and now more people will be able to share them.