From May 1, Russian tourists will again pay for a visa to Egypt, but it will not have a noticeable effect on the tourist flow, as the press secretary of the Russian Union of Travel Industry Irina Tyurina reported.
"The Ministry of Tourism of Egypt informed in advance that Russians do nit pay the visa fee only until 30-th of April. In such a way, they stimulated the tourist flow from Russia in high season. Especially as the exchange rate increased, the extra $ 100 for a family of four Russian tourists (usually two adults and two children travel) were the real economy. Now, when other warm destinations open, and fewer tourists will travel to Egypt, the government needs to make extra money on the visa fee, in order not to lose profit," Irina Tyurina said.
She also noted that it will not significantly affect Egypt as popular tourism destination.
"Egypt shows the most consistent results and continually leads in sales. Those tourists who can go abroad, will go there for holidays in any case", she said.
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.