The head of the Federal tourism Agency Oleg Safonov, who has previously reprimanded the Russians for the fact that they are “imposed by the stereotype” definitely spend time on the beach, said Wednesday that the citizens can go on holiday wherever they want.

“Our citizens can go wherever they want to go, in those
countries they want to visit. If they have a financial
opportunities”, – said at a press conference in Moscow, Safonov, quoted by “Interfax”. Returning to the theme of the holiday by the sea, the Minister said that many foreign countries after the closure of Moscow for tourists from Russia popular directions – Turkey and Egypt – are interested in, to offer opportunities for a beach holiday Russians.

At the same time, the Federal tourism Agency urged Russians to be reasonable. The Agency does not recommend citizens to travel to Egypt to circumvent the ban imposed by Russian authorities after the plane crash A321 at Sinai. “In Egypt crashed our plane. It was a terrorist attack. We do not recommend to look for opportunities to go there, because there is a real threat,” said Safonov.

“Of course, the Constitution says that citizens have a right to freedom of movement. But they have also another, much more significant right, the right to life. And we ask travelers to listen to the recommendations of the foreign Ministry, the Federal tourism Agency, because the security threat is not an abstraction. It really is”, – said the head of the Federal tourism Agency.

On 8 November the President of Russia Vladimir Putin has signed the decree “On certain
measures to ensure the national security of the Russian Federation and
the protection of citizens from criminal and other illegal actions”, which
stop air transport of citizens in Egypt. The A321 aircraft to the Russian airline “Kogalymavia”, EN route flight to Sharm El-Sheikh to St Petersburg, crashed on October 31, shortly after takeoff. An investigation by the Russian authorities, showed that the collapse was the result of a terrorist attack on Board, a bomb exploded.

Russian tour agencies in response to the urgent recommendations of the MFA of Russia and Rostourism at the end of November to stop selling vouchers for another popular among Russians tourist destination in Turkey, after the incident with the downed Turkish air force su-24 in Syria.

As for the “closure” of Turkey for Russian tourists and the deterioration of relations between Moscow and Ankara, Oleg Safonov on Wednesday assured that the Federal Agency for tourism no negative position in respect of the tour operators with the “Turkish roots”, reports TASS. “It’s wonderful that these tour operators use their capabilities, sell tours in Russia. We will be happy to use it,” he said.

The number of Russians holidaying abroad for the year has decreased by 30%

According to Oleg Safonova, a Russian tourist flow abroad in the first nine months of the year fell by more than 30%. “The fall of outbound tourism organized for the first nine months amounted to 31.4%. For 9 months abroad was committed 9 million 995 thousand”, – he said, admitting that “this is a very serious fall.”

The head of the Federal tourism Agency reported that “overall the numbers of Russians travelling abroad also fell by 20%”, reports “Interfax”. “More than 29 million Russians went abroad from January to September 2015″, – said the head of Rosturizma. According to the Agency, in the Dominican Republic there was a drop in tourist arrivals by 88% for Tunisia is 83%, to India by 55% Thailand 52%”, the smallest reduction in Vietnam or minus 5%.

According to estimates of the Federal tourism Agency, the stream of internal tourism will grow this year by 25%. “The task before the tourism industry to offer tourists who have travelled to the resorts of Turkey and Egypt, vacation in Russia. Of course, the task is very ambitious and not easy. We need to interest our tourists to travel around our country, show them new opportunities”, – said Safonov. Great expectations the Federal tourism Agency assigns to the resorts of the North Caucasus. According to Safonov, is the direction the Department believes is very promising, “because skiing is very popular in our country.”

Recall that in a recent interview to “Rossiyskaya Gazeta” Oleg Safonov has criticized the desire of many Russians to relax by the sea, stating that “the need for the beach and the sea is very much enforced the stereotype of recent years, which we perceive as one’s own opinion”. “Our ancestors, even the wealthy, didn’t go massively in the foreign sea,” edifying noticed the head of the Federal tourism Agency. Activists immediately accused Safonov in hypocrisy, having found in his official income Declaration for 2014 two houses registered in one of the “beach” places in the Seychelles.

However, as it turned out, the New year fly to the Seychelles Safonov is Patriotic he decided to spend holidays in Crimea. “My family would go to the Crimea on 2 January. It will be active, we plan to drive across the country,” said the official.

The head of the Federal tourism Agency allowed the Russians to have a rest wherever they want 09.12.2015

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