TOKYO, January 15. /ITAR-TASS/. Japan’s leading travel agencies reported that they have fulfilled their plans of selling tours to Winter Olympic Games in Sochi amid expensiveness of tickets and remoteness of Russia’s Krasnodar Territory.
In particular, a representative of JTB Corp, one of Japan’s leading travel agencies, told journalists on Wednesday that all tours for individual travelers were sold out. These packages provide for five to nine days on the Olympics and cost from 660,000 to 1.35 million Yen ($6,300-13,000). This is nearly by 1.5 times more expensive than tours to Winter Olympics 2010 in Vancouver. The price includes tickets to some of the events.
“Many Japanese athletes hope to win medals in Sochi,” JTB Corp spokesperson explained the high demand on such trips. He believes that the overall rise of interest for the Olympics after Tokyo won the right to host 2020 Summer Olympics also contributed to successful sales. JTB Corp representative added that customers prefer to buy tickets for the Olympics’ opening and closing ceremonies, as well as for figure skating events best of all.
Club Tourism International Inc. has also announced about completed sales of available tours to the 2014 Olympics. Representatives of a major enterprise HIS Co. reported that have almost fulfilled the sales plan.
There is no direct air link between Tokyo and Sochi. The shortest way from Japan to the host city of Winter Olympics takes 15-16 hours.