Tour operators reported if demand for France has changed due to the strikes
The protests in Paris, which began last week, have not yet decreased the demand for this destination among Russian tourists. So, according to Victoria Kuznetsova, manager of France Bsi Group, protest actions do not affect the work of the company. “Requests for France continue to come, there are no refusals from already purchased tours,” she said.
Cit France company adds that Russian TV channels are over-colouring. “The center of Paris is calm. The demonstrations, even if they are in the center, take place peacefully and even with music,” says Irina Kamaldinova, booking manager of the French tour operator. According to her, there has been only one refusal from the tour.
The Russians, who are now in Paris, confirm that protests in the historical center of the city do not interfere with walks. Cafes and restaurants are also crowded. The main museums and attractions of the city are open to tourists.
“We did not notice any decrease in the number of hotel bookings that could be connected with the changing of situation in France,” added the Ostrovok.ru hotel online reservation service.
Significant restrictions of the movement of trains, metro, and ground transportation remain the main problem for Parisians and tourists. Earlier, Aeroflot canceled Sheremetyevo-Paris-Sheremetyevo flights on December 10. The carrier promised to send passengers on the board with more capacity.
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.