MOSCOW, June 24. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian nationals are less eager at the moment to head for Mediterranean resorts following sanctions imposed on Russia because of Ukraine, the executive director of the agency uniting biggest tour operators of Russia told a news conference on Tuesday.
“We had a host of telephone calls on that matter. We as well as embassies tried to allay fears as groundless, but official letters had a slight effect on a decline in demand,” she admitted. Meanwhile, popular visa-free destinations, such as Turkey and Egypt, have profited from the situation, also because they give the price of tour packages in dollars and not in euro.
According to Lomidze, the Turkish destination has demonstrated a three to five percent growth at the start of the season, while Egyptian figures have stayed the same. Political instability in Thailand has played its role, making the country ten percent less popular than last year.