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Several dozen tourists can be affected by Russian travel company’s failure

August 15, 2014, 2:01 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Russian travel company Veter Stranstvy announced it was suspending operation on Thursday
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MOSCOW, August 15,/ITAR-TASS/. No more than several dozen tourists can be affected by the Russian travel company Veter Stranstvy’s failure to perform its obligations, a travel industry official said on Thursday.

“The company worked with individual tourists. Presumably, the overall number of its tourists does not exceed several dozen people,” Maya Lomidze, executive director of the Association of Tour Operators, told ITAR-TASS.

She said there was no more precise information as the company’s director, who was also its chief accountant, had disappeared.

Veter Stranstvy announced it was suspending operation on Thursday. The announcement followed the disappearance of the company’s director general.

Veter Stranstvy is insured for 30 million roubles until October 8, 2015.

Several tourists who bought vouchers from the company have already complained that they were being evicted from the hotels where they were staying, specifically in Portugal.

Veter Stranstvy is a small St. Petersburg-based travel company which sold tour to exotic resorts. About a dozen of its tourists are now vacationing abroad, and all of them have return plane tickets, Irina Tyurina, spokesperson for the Russian Union of Travel Industry, said.

The company was founded in 2008 by Lyubov Agafonova, who has been working in the travel business since 2000. The company’s earnings have not been disclosed.

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