As local media reported, starting October 1, Japan may allow foreign nationals arriving for a period of three months or more. Tourists are not included in the list yet. However, the Russians do not lose hope to go to Japan at least next spring - during the cherry blossom season.
Irina Serganova, General Director of Kvinta Tour, said that now there are no new requests for the period of “red maples”, but tourists, whose trips were postponed from spring to autumn, still hope the borders to be opened by November. “We have returned money to about 10% of our clients, the rest are waiting for the opening of the borders or have rescheduled the trip to the next spring. And recently it became known that the sale of tickets for the Summer Olympics competitions has begun in Russia, we expect a surge of requests,” she believes.
In the Fuji Travel company the overwhelming majority of tourists postponed their trip to the spring 2021. “Now a lot of requests come from individual tourists, there are even reservations, but, in fact, this is just the development of a route with an open date. We do not take prepayment yet,” explained the commercial director Elena Kokhanova.
A week ago, the company has conducted a survey among the subscribers of its website and received a definite answer: as soon as possible, everyone is planning to go to Japan. And the sooner the Japanese government announces the opening of the border, the more tourists there will be.
Unex company have been prepared excursion programs in advance. “Even in quarantine, together with our Japanese partners we arranged excursion programs for the summer and autumn seasons,” said Japanese specialist Guljan Khudayberenova.
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.