MOSCOW, April 04. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian tour operators say the city of Sochi, Black Sea resort host of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, has become the country’s top resort.
“The level of infrastructure that has been reached in Sochi in preparations for the Games cannot be seen anywhere else today. The city has become competitive with many international resorts,” Ilya Umansky, vice-president of the Russian Association of Tour Operators, told a news conference on Friday.
He said Russian tour operators had forecast a large increase this summer in the number of Russian and foreign tourists travelling to the city.
“In the period of preparations for the Olympics, Sochi lost a certain percent of guests,” Umansky said. “People refused to go to a place where large-scale construction was underway. Now, we expect these tourists to return.”
He noted that apart from the well-developed infrastructure, Sochi hotels offered the highest standard of guest service, provided by professional staff.
“Sochi may serve as an example for other resorts,” he said.
The association says that about 3.8 million tourists went to Sochi last year. At present, there are some 880 classified lodging facilities registered in the region.