Aug 06 2014
its back can ruin the late vacances2. Especially if the tour operator has not paid the bill. In total, 50,000 Russes3 saw their darkened room. Labirint is the fifth Russian opérateur4 turn to go bankrupt in three weeks! Yesterday, 27,000 Russian tourists found themselves without a return ticket, stuck on the benches of foreign airports. 40 flights were put in place to allow the return of travelers, thus reducing their number to 12 000 at the end of the day, told AFP the spokesman Rostourism, Russian Union of Tourism Industry Irina Tyurina .
This applies not only to travelers on departure. The tour operator Labirint ceased operations since last Saturday, and thus stopped paying foreign hotels5. Thousands of tourists have been evicted from their rooms, resulting in several fights with hoteliers. Including Turkey6, where every year nearly 3.5 million Russians traveling to Istanbul to watch the Blue Mosque and the chimneys of Cappadocia, precise 7Irina Tyurina.
Ukrainian crisis weighs on bookings
"All these agencies Travel8 operate on the model of the pyramid. They sell tickets and then they say, oh, sorry, we do not have enough customers, "said Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev9 during a speech. In other words, the tour sold stays abroad without being sure that they can be profitable. Thus, without a minimum number of travelers, companies were taking the risk of selling trips loss and eventually go bankrupt.
But the context does not encourage the Russians to leave. "The political and economic situation has had a negative impact on the number of bookings and the decline in the value of the ruble has degraded the purchasing power of Russians," says Labirint tour operator. In fact, the Ukrainian crisis and Western sanctions weigh heavily on the Russian economy. European measures block access financial markets to Russian companies, which plays on their incomes and those of households. Western sanctions also have an impact on the rouble10, which declined 11% from its peak value in September 2013, degrading the purchasing power of Russians. Not to mention the travel restrictions imposed by its nationals Moscou11 occupants of strategic positions in the administration.
"We fear that this is only the beginning of a domino effect," said the spokeswoman antenna radio Echo of Moscow Federal Tourism Agency Russia12 Irina Shchegolkova. The number of Russian tourists traveling abroad has dropped by 30-50% compared to last year. An event that could weigh heavily on the world tourism. The last year 40 million Russians traveled beyond their borders. They are even among the biggest spenders with 32 billion euros in 2012