Travel News Digest Monday 22 March
Will I have to get vaccinated to travel freely? Perhaps this is one of the most pressing questions for most tourists. While in Europe they are moving by leaps and bounds towards the introduction of covid passports, in Russia such digital documents are treated with caution. Chapter Russian Foreign Ministry Sergey Lavrov suggested that the so-called green certificates can lead to discrimination against tourists and the division of people into groups.
Nevertheless, many European countries associate the success of the future tourist season with covid passports. So, Spain expects to receive tourists with a coronavirus vaccine since May and hopes that this will attract up to 40 million foreign visitors to the country. By the way, in 2019, I had twice as much rest in the Spanish direction.
The situation with tourism in Cyprus remains ambiguous. Local authorities have brought Russia and several other countries into the “gray” zone, which means one thing – until April 1, the Cypriot borders will definitely not open for Russians. Whether to wait for changes after this date depends on the epidemiological situation in our country. So far, the Russian president notes that the situation with the coronavirus is stabilizing. The same cannot be said about the countries of the European Union, where the third wave of the pandemic is hosted. Against this background, many EU states have again announced lockdowns. Which ones – find out from our material.
Back in Russia, the tourism industry is looking forward to a good season at local resorts. This expectation is fueled by the results of the first 4 days of the cashback program for trips around the country. According to the head Rostourism Zarina DoguzovaDuring this time, the Russians purchased 1 billion rubles worth of tours, and more than 200 million rubles returned to their wallets. If this continues, the allocated money for the entire period of the program may not be enough.
However, the head of Rostourism should pay attention not only to this. A letter from the public association of entrepreneurs has been sent to Zarina Doguzova “Support of Russia”… It reports on the problem of small hotels, which were unable to access the concessional lending program. For some reason, the government decided to subsidize the construction and reconstruction of hotels with only 120 or more rooms. But what about a huge number of accommodation facilities, whose areas were more modest? Details in our article.
The past day was rich in news from various airlines. For example, Royal Flight has resumed flights from Kaliningrad to Antalya. For now, the planes will fly once a week, but from April 22, their number will increase to two. Air France will again start carrying passengers from St. Petersburg to Paris. The first flight to the French capital will leave on March 27. Alas, tourists cannot get on the plane yet – only EU citizens and holders of a residence permit have this right.
Not all air carriers are following the path of expanding their flight program. Greek Ellinair due to the extension of the lockdown in Greece, it was forced to postpone the start of flights to resorts from late March to mid-May. Another news on aviation topic came from “IrAero”, which also flies from Moscow to Sochi and Gelendzhik. The company is introducing luggage-free tariffs from April 1. Passengers are promised savings of up to 2 thousand rubles if they decide to fly only with hand luggage.
Don’t miss other exciting news:
TUI Russia CEO Taras Demura believes that travel agencies will turn into showrooms.
They want to oblige tour guides in Russia to pass certification every 5 years.
A source close to the government of the Moscow region reported about a possible softening of the rules for placing groups of children in specialized camps.
How much is a vacation in Crimea on the May holidays?