Moscow and Helsinki will be connected by a high-speed train
According to the Finnish trade minister Ville Skinnari, Russia and Finland were discussing the possible launch of a high-speed train from Moscow to Helsinki.
The train will transport tourists from one capital to another in 6 hours. The Finnish authorities have high hopes for a new type of transport as an instrument for increasing the tourist flow in both destinations. The idea is in extending the Moscow-St. Petersburg high-speed rail line, a draft of which will be presented by 2022.
So, Tui Russia noted a significant increase in sales of GDS tours to Finland in 2019, the demand for such programs increased by 2 times compared to 2018. And the emergence of any new type of communication between countries always positively affects the interest and demand among tourists. “A six-hour travel in a high-speed train is quite comparable with a flight travel,” commented Tatyana Korshunova, the company's senior public relations manager. “And if a train ticket is more profitable than air one, the tourist flow will definitely grow.” The tour operator also added that high-speed communication will be especially relevant for those tourists who have contraindications to use air transportation.
Yury Mishchenko, graduated from Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, has more than 15 years experience in tourism and travel. Working both in tour operator company as destination manager, and in travel agency as sales manager, he is focused on analysis of Russian tour operators’ daily routine. Recently, Yury works in Baginet Marketing and Sales Agency.