VLADIVOSTOK, August 15 (Itar-Tass) — All tourists from Yakutia who got into a difficult situation in the Chinese resort town of Beidaihe have been given back their passports and provided the conditions the continuation of their holiday. On Monday, August 13, they were evicted from the Sea Breeze and Open holiday centres on the Yellow Sea coast. The Chinese side has taken this step because it had claims to the Russian tour operator for the unpaid on time hotel accommodation bills.
“As a result of an economic dispute between the Russian and Chinese travel companies, on August 13 sixteen Russian tourists who arrived on holiday in the Chinese resort town of Beidaihe were evicted from the hotel rooms and several hours spent in the hotel lobby, from some of them their passports were illegally confiscated,” the Russian Foreign Ministry reported on Tuesday.
“After the intervention of officers of the consular department of the Russian Embassy to China the situation was quickly resolved, the documents were returned to the tourists and they were accommodated at hotel rooms,” the ministry said. “They plan to return to Russia on August 17 as their holiday ends.”
The Ministry of Business and Tourism Development of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) reported on Wednesday that the incident is now over. The Russian company has transferred the money to the Chinese side and 37 tourists from Yakutia returned to their rooms, as some of them confirmed in telephone conversations with Yakutsk.