Russian Union of Travel Industry: several small tour operators may leave market in summer of 2015

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A number of small tour operators do not currently issue financial guarantees for the new term because they do not have such opportunities, reported the Russian Union of Travel Industry (RUT).

A number of small Russian tour operators are considering leaving the market in June 2015. This statement was made at a press conference by the RUT press secretary Irina Tyurina.

According to her, the “market cleansing” will continue in 2015. “At the moment we communicate with auditors and that’s why we know that a great number of tour operators would like to leave the market,” said Tyurina. However, she admitted, tour operators are prevented from doing it by the example of such companies as “Rosa Vetrov Mir” that “left the market in a civilized way” and paid compensation to all its clients and nowadays has its Director General under house arrest.

“Therefore, tour operators keep struggling. But market cleansing continues,” thinks Tyurina.

“A number of small tour operators do not currently issue financial guarantees for the new term because they do not have such opportunities,” she added. “The next cleansing is on 31 May. Accordingly, they will leave the market. I really hope that all these withdrawals from the market will be less painful for tourists comparing with 2014,” highlighted the RUT representative.

Tyurina also reminded that the Russian demand for travelling abroad decreased by more than 50% this year.

A significant number of people who refused to have a rest abroad, will probably go to Russian beach resorts this summer, mostly to the Krasnodar Region, predicts Tyurina. However, to save Anapa, Gelendzhik and Sochi from “bursting at the seams” due to tourist inflow, it’s necessary to diversify this inflow and make tourists travel less to the Krasnodar resorts, she considers.

“We should inform the tourists that apart from Sochi, Gelendzhik and Anapa there are a lot of good and not so busy resorts where they can relax,” she concluded.

Text and pictures by TASS