MOSCOW, September 2 (Dan Peleschuk, RIA Novosti)
From having been stranded in their vacation destinations to being pegged as the world’s worst-dressed tourists, Russian travelers have suffered a particularly dreadful week.
On Sunday, about 90 Russian tourists were left waiting in the northern Croatian city of Pula after a plane destined for Rostov-on-Don and chartered by the Moscow-based CherryTur travel agency never arrived.
The problem, it turned out, was the company’s outstanding debt to a Croatian partner agency.
Earlier, Natalia Marcelli, the director of SOLEN, a Croatian travel company partnered with CherryTur, said the Russian travel company owes its Croatian partner several hundred thousand euros and that starting September 1, SOLEN would be unable to accomodate any tourists from CherryTur at its own expense.
“We have been waiting for several months for our partners in Russia, CherryTur, to pay a debt which amounts to several hundred thousand euros,” she said on August 31.
Another group, which had arrived in Croatia earlier this week, was in for an even greater surprise: once they arrived, they realized their travel packages were never paid for. Instead, according to Irina Turina, press secretary for the Russian Union of Travel Industry, SOLEN gave them the option of paying for the package again or returning to Russia. Nine out of 11 chose to return home.
CherryTur director Dmitry Chepelov said on Friday his company was in talks with its Croatian partner over ongoing financial difficulties. The negotiations appeared successful when an earlier batch of Russian tourists, also CherryTur clients, were able to fly back to Moscow on Saturday.
But following Sunday’s debacle, the company was reportedly forced to suspend its operations after SOLEN refused to do business with it. Shortly after, the first plane finally left Rostov-on-Don for Croatia to ferry the stranded Russians back home.
Yet even before the unfortunate tourists found themselves stuck in the Balkans, their self-esteem may have taken a beating earlier this week after Skyscanner, Europe’s leading travel search site, found Russian tourists to be the worst dressed in the world.
The poll, which included 12,000 people in six countries, gave Russians only 13 points of out 60, with the British and Spanish being the toughest judges. Dutch and Turkish tourists were found to be the second and third worst dressers, respectively.
“The results of the survey are discouraging for our compatriots,” said Tatyana Danilova, Skyscanner manager for market development in Russia.
“However, what foreigners regard as poor style is often a style that evolved in a country that had long been isolated from the rest of the world,” she added.
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- ria11Tourisam22:49, 02/09/2012Russian tourists are decent. I am a Croat and I do not know of an incident in Croatia who did Russian tourists. We all know that Croatia is a tourist country. This means that various customers in such countries are happy, they drink, they come into conflict because of the opposite sex, conflicts over services, etc.
As for style, the Russian have style, both Russian men and women.
I write this because I think that Croatia and Russia should not exaggerate incidents. Incidents are always happening, and they should be resolved.
What is important is that Croatia and Russia need to cooperate. We have a similar language, and we can easily understand one another. Croatia has one of the most beautiful sea and has a good geographical position. Croatia could become a connection of East and West and Russia could invest in a Croatia.
On the other hand, Russia could make the highways and tourist places to stay, so that Croats, Europeans and Americans can travel in his car in Iran, India, China, Indo-China, Japan, Russia, etc.
It seems to me that our two countries should think more about tourism, entertainment, transit, business centers and the like.
- hiRussia is cool04:11, 04/09/2012Visit NEW YORK CITY. =)
Everyone is diffrent their. =)
I LOVE RUSSIA
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