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Ruble Drop Pushes Foreign Tourists to Book Tours from Moscow

The number of package tours including lapse flights from Russia requisitioned from abroad is flourishing amid the weakening of the ruble, the Kommersant journal reported Monday, citing marketplace players.

The direct for package tours from Russia among German adults and residents of the Baltic states has seen three-fold growth, the newspaper reported.

Between Nov 2015 and February 2016, 364 package tours with flights from Moscow were sole to foreign clients, while formerly there were usually a few such cases, Onlinetour transport agency’s orator Igor Blinov told the newspaper.

The people shopping these tours are especially Russian-speaking residents of the Baltic states and Germany, who also have Russian passports or visas, he said.

The seductiveness of foreign travelers in flights from Moscow and St. Petersburg has also been purebred by online reservation systems. Since Dec final year, the share of foreign clients has increasing by 4 percent, according to data from online reservation use DaTravel.

According to Kommersant, the cost of a package debate from Russia to Thailand starts from 27,000 rubles ($350), while in Europe the price of such outing is twice as expensive.

While the demand for package tours among foreigners is rising, the number of Russian adults roving abroad has depressed dramatically over the ruble dump and the cessation of flights to Turkey and Egypt.

Article source: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/article/559026.html