Digest of travel news from May 22
This week, the focus of the Russian media has systematically shifted from Turkey to Greece. There is an explanation for this, and it is quite simple. The meeting of the Turkish delegation with the Russian bureaucratic elite did not bring tangible results. But the tete-a-tete of the ministries of the interior of Greece and the Russian Federation is yet to come. It is scheduled for May 24, and it is expected that during the negotiations it will be possible to reach a consensus on the removal of restrictions on flights between the countries. Perhaps, it is for this reason that the readers of TourDom.ru were stormyly greeted by the news that Greece is extending the current entry conditions for Russians, including the abolition of the quota for receiving tourists. Many took this as a good sign and a hint of an early solution to the issue of restoring air traffic.
The trend towards more and more openness to travelers is also observed in other regions of Europe. Thus, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Germany, Poland and Hungary announced the phased removal of covid restrictions. They mainly concern the reduction or cancellation of curfews and the reopening of summer verandas of restaurants. It seems that progress is not very great, but after all, Greece also began with precisely such measures, preparing to receive tourists.
And if in Europe the spirit of loyalism is more and more felt, then in its window the maximum that is open is the window. Beloved Governor of St. Petersburg Alexander Beglov extended coronavirus restrictions in the city until July 12. Just until the UEFA EURO 2020 matches are being held in the northern capital, tens of thousands of fans are expected to attend. Coincidence? We don’t think so.
But in Moscow, tourists are not expected, but they themselves go. The capital’s delegation arrived in Madrid for the International Tourism Exhibition Fitur and amazed many participants. While the rest of the representatives of Russia worked in a rather familiar format for themselves, Muscovites decorated the city’s stand in the form of a bar counter and poured vodka. Read about how such a move was perceived on Fitur in our material.
However, it is possible and necessary to attract tourists to Russia, even if the methods of advertising the country sometimes cause bewilderment. Another question is what awaits foreigners in the Russian Federation, if the competition of the main tourism department, aimed at developing domestic and, for a minute, inbound tourism, causes a feeling of disappointment among many participants. Rostourism since November has not been able to provide grants to winners for the implementation of projects. Zarina Doguzova, the head of the agency, finally explained why such a situation arose. However, this does not make things easier for a business that has already taken out loans for the implementation of its ideas.
It seems that the only one who can help tourism in Russia is Vladimir Putin… The head of state at a meeting of the Government of the Russian Federation rebuked the Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko in that he underestimates the tourism potential of Kamchatka. The result of the President’s one-minute speech was the official’s trip to the Far East, which, possibly, will result in tangible budgetary infusions and third-party investments in tourism infrastructure for the region.
Also read on our portal: Moscow airports in early June will simplify the check-in procedure for flights, a bus with tourists from the Moscow region capsized in the Novgorod region, Karelia and Finland are planning to jointly attract 1.5 million tourists.