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19.04.2012  |  18:25

Russian MPs are trying to protect tourists from the possibility of becoming hostages at hotels abroad. There were two incidents during the recent years, when thousands of Russian tourists found themselves left to the mercy of fate because of the bankruptcy of travel operators. At first, there was a story with the clients of Capital Tour in 2010

Russian MPs are trying to protect Russian tourists from the possibility of becoming hostages at hotels abroad. There will be a special fund established to provide financial assistance to Russian tourists in foreign countries. The money for the fund will be collected from travel agencies, whose financial stability raises serious concerns. The need for such a foundation to be created has appeared after a string of bankruptcies of Russian travel agencies. There were two incidents during the recent years, when thousands of Russian tourists found themselves left to the mercy of fate because of the bankruptcy of travel operators. At first, there was a story with the clients of Capital Tour in November 2010.

The collapse of the company affected 1,800 people. As many as 8,000 Russians were deprived of their anticipated holidays. Those tourists, who were "lucky" to fly to their destinations, had to pay for air tickets and hotels again. Otherwise, they would have to live in the street. Many Russians, who fell victims to Capital Tour, have not received their compensations still.

The company developed a special program for everyone who suffered from the bankruptcy of the tour operator. However, even if people receive their money back, they will never forget their "most adventurous holidays." Another tour operator - Lanta Tour - went out of business just several months later. The news came on January 27.

However, the company had previously sold more than 3,000 tours, including long-distance ones. Many Russian tourists were shocked to find out that day that their hotel rooms had not been paid for by their operator. The Russian tourists in the Dominican Republic had to experience something that they had never tried before. Local police officers pointed their guns at them. The story had a happy ending, if one may say so. Top Russian officials ordered to regulate the conflict, and VTB Bank gave a loan to the troubled company.

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Deputies of the Russian parliament had to take efforts to protect those citizens of the Russian Federation, who use the service of travel agencies and tour operators. The bankruptcy of Lanta Tour affected 2,400 Russian tourists. The authorities had to introduce amendments to adequate laws and revise financial guarantees. "We are currently working on the establishment of the compensation fund for Russian tourists.

The fund will be created to help our tourists return home in case tour operators fail to execute their obligations. We initiated a tourist safety workgroup at the World Tourism Organization. The group will develop a normative act which will be offered to other countries for approval.

Foreign countries should sign certain guarantees to guarantee safety to the tourists who stay on the territory of those countries," Alexander Radkov, the head of Russia's Federal Agency for Tourism told Pravda.Ru. It is worthy of note that more and more Russians prefer to travel themselves, without travel agencies. They prefer to rely on themselves, rather than someone else. As a result, the tourist industry in Russia suffers from the crisis of confidence. The decline in the industry is also connected with the political and economic situation in the countries that enjoy highest popularity among Russian tourists -Turkey, Egypt, Greece and so on. Roman Sakharov Bigness Read the original in Russian.



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