MOSCOW, January 31 (Itar-Tass) —— About 2,500 clients of the bankrupt Russian travel company Lanta Tur Voyage are still staying outside Russia, as many as 154 Russian tourists are expected to return home later on Tuesday, a spokesman for the Russian Federal Tourism Agency (Rostourism) told Itar-Tass.
“According to our data, as of late Tuesday, as many as 2,385 Lanta’s tourists are still abroad,” said Oleg Moiseyev. The bulk of them are in Thailand – about 900 people. About 300 tourists are staying in Vietnam, the Czech Republic and in India, each. “In other countries – less than 100 people,” he added.
There are no problems with plane tickets, since two of Russia’s biggest airlines, Aeroflot and Transaero, provide their services without any additional payments or fines, Moiseyev stressed.
In the mean time, the agency’s envoy in Thailand, Grigory Sarishvili, told Itar-Tass over the phone that almost all problems of Lanta clients in that country have been settled.
“There are 903 Lanta clients in Thailand, the majority of them said they would leave for home as they are scheduled, not earlier. Only five tourists have opted to return home ahead of time,” he said.
According to Sarishvili, problems with hotel accommodations have been settled. Tourists are no longer requested to pay extra money. All problems that may arise are solved promptly with the help from Russian consuls.
The last group of Lanta clients is to return to Russia before February 12, he added.
Lanta Tur Voyage, one of Russia's largest travel agencies, unexpectedly suspended its operation on January 27. The company announced bankruptcy as Master Bank denied it a credit line.
Lanta Tur has operated for more than 12 years and specialized in organizing trips to Thailand, Vietnam and India.