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The number of Russian travelers in Paris and the Cote d'Azur has increased
“Tour operators note the growing demand for budget trips to France such as Paris and the Cote d'Azur, tourists prefer longer tours in hotels of low category”, - said Irina Tyurina, the Press secretary of the Russian Tourist Industry Union (RCT). "The increase in the capital is from 15 to 25%, while sales of tours to the French Riviera grew by more than 40%.
Russian tourists have made more than 230 thousand trips to Paris in 2017
“Russian tourists made more than 230,000 trips to the French capital in 2017, which is 51% more than a year ago”, - reported the Head of the Russian representative office of the Agency of Tourism Development in France «Atout France» Inessa Korotkova. "In Paris in 2017 we recorded 230,1 thousand Russian arrivals, 51% more than a year earlier.
Pobeda airline will fly from Moscow to Bordeaux
Pobeda airline will start flights from Moscow airport Vnukovo to French Bordeaux since June 2 twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Tickets are available for purchasing on the carrier's website, their minimum current value is 10,792 Rubles (144 Euros) for round trip. It is noticeable, that today there is no other direct air transportation from the Russian capital to Bordeaux. There are only connecting flights, so the route can be interesting for tour operators. At the same time, Pobeda, as usual, does not offer market participants blocks of seats on their boards by special tariffs, tickets can be purchased only according to the standard procedure in booking systems. Let's add, the first French route of Pobeda airline does not compete with the flights used by tour operators - to Paris or to ski resorts.
France expects to return to the pre-crisis tourist flow from Russia in 2017
“France expects to host a pre-crisis number of tourists from Russia in 2017”, - said Inessa Korotkova, the Head of French representative office of the Agency for the Development of Tourism (Atout France) in Russia and the CIS. "You know that after 2014 the Russian tourism to Europe has seriously fallen, but already in 2016 we noticed a revival - the number of Russian tourists reached 600 thousand. This year we see a significant jump of tourist flow to France from all markets, but Russia shows the largest growth for January-October period among all countries.
The tourist flow from Russia to France grew by 30% from the beginning of the year and to Paris - by 40%
“The tourist flow from Russia to France since the beginning of the year increased by 30% agaist the first half of 2016”, - told the Head of the French Agency for the development of tourism with Russia and CIS Inessa Korotkova. "We have a significant increase since the beginning of the year. According to hoteliers, the tourist flow from Russia increased by 30% to France and to Paris - by more 40%. Last year we hosted 600 thousand Russian tourists, so in this year, I think, the tourist flow will come close to the figure of one million", - she said.
Aigle Azur airline will resume flights from Paris to Moscow in December
“French airline Aigle Azur intends to resume flights from Paris to Moscow from December 2, 2017”, - according to the data, published on the website of the carrier. Flights are scheduled to be performed twice a week from Paris airport Orly to Moscow's Domodedovo airport by Airbus A320. Departure of the flight ZI515 from Paris is scheduled on Fridays and Sundays at 22:15, arriving to Moscow at 4:00.
S7 Airlines will perform flights from St. Petersburg to Lyon at the end of the year
“S7 Airlines will start regular flights from St. Petersburg to Lyon since December 29, 2017”, - reported the carrier's press service. Direct flights from Pulkovo Airport will be performed weekly on Fridays. Departure from St. Petersburg is at 7:05, arrival to Lyon airport - at 8:35 of local time. The return flight will depart at 9:25 and arrive to Pulkovo at 14:55. Flights will be carried out by Airbus A319. "Since December travelers from St. Petersburg can make direct flights to Lyon, from which it is easy to reach the popular resorts in French Alps - Chamonix and Val d'Isère.
The tourists flow from Russia to France in 2017 increased by 30%
“The tourist flow to France from Russia has increased by 30% since the beginning of 2017”, - said the Head of the representative office of French Agency for the development of tourism in Russia (Atout France) I. Korotkova. "Russian tourists are on increasingly important place in the structure of the tourist flow, 600 thousand Russian tourists we hosted in 2016.
The authorities of Paris noticed the growth of the tourist flow from Russia by almost 70%
“The tourist flow to Paris began to recover in 2017. In January, the capital of France was visited by a record number of tourists for such period of the last 10 years”, - informed the press service of the Office for Tourism and Congresses of Paris. In February the number of all international arrivals to Paris increased by 11%. The number of tourists from Russia has grown by almost 70%.
In January the Russians received French visas two times more than a year earlier
“In the first month of the year the Russian tourists received 12 thousand visas to France, it is twice more than in January 2016”, - reported Mark Sedy the Consul General of France in Russia. "Last January, we issued 100% more visas, than in the same month in 2016. Totally, we issued 12 thousand French Schengen visas, and 60% of them are multiple - for the period from one to five years", - he said. According to the Consul, the visas are issued to applicants within 48 hours.
ATOR: demand for France will recover to pre-crisis level by the end of the year
“The demand of Russian tourists for holiday in France will recover to pre-crisis level before the end of the year”, - said the Executive director of the Association of Russian Tour Operators Maya Lomidze. "The demand for tours to Paris among Russian tourists stabilized and even has a trend for growth. The results will be known to the end of the year, but it is already clear that the decline, which we have seen after the terrible terrorist attacks in France, it was over at present days.
In June, Aeroflot will open flights to Lyon
Starting from June 3, 2016, Aeroflot airline will start regular flights from Moscow to French Lyon, the press service of the air carrier reported. The airline plans to operate flights on the route Moscow - Lyon - Moscow three times a week on Airbus A320. Flight SU 2480 will depart from Moscow (airport Sheremetyevo) at 10:25 and arrive in Lyon at 13:15, return flight SU 2481 will depart from Lyon at 14:25 and arrive in Moscow at 19:05 (local time). The price for round-trip ticket on the web site of Aeroflot is currently starts from 27 060 rubles. Currently, flights between Moscow and Lyon absent.
The number of visa centers of France in Russia reaches 18
France increased the number of visa centers in Russia, according to the French Ambassador in Russia Jean-Maurice Ripert. "By September 14, we will have 18 centers across Russia, so it's progress," Jean-Maurice Riper said in an interview to RBC. According to him, in 2014 France issued 300 thousand visas to Russians.
Tour Operators Cut Block Contracts for Paris
Airlines like Aeroflot, AirFrance, Transaero started sales of tickets to Paris. So, the flights from Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk and 9 more cities of Russia to Paris are available at prices ranging from 119 euros plus taxes and fees. From Chelyabinsk, Kemerovo, Volgograd, Perm and Irkutsk prices start from 149 euros.