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Bankruptcy threatens 20% of Russian travel companies due to coronavirus
According to experts, the tourism industry in Russia has already lost about 500 million rubles due to the coronavirus pandemic. And while the public council under Rostourism is looking for a solution to the problem, more and more countries are becoming inaccessible to tourists.
According to "Izvestia", now Russian tour operators have stopped work in four directions: China, South Korea, Italy, Iran. Along with this, India and Israel almost stopped issuing visas, possibly closing for tourists France, Germany and Spain. In this case, hundreds of tourists can't get compensation for failed vacations due to the large volume of returns.
Along with travel agencies and consumers, hospitality entrepreneurs also suffer losses: restaurateurs and hoteliers. According to Dmitry Gorin, adviser to the head of Rostourism, it is very early to calculate the damage, since the total losses will be in the billions. However, he added that the industry will be able to recover very quickly due to increased demand for tours after the quarantine measures are lifted. According to Elena Sutomina, head of the public council under Rostourism, not all will be restored without additional support measures from the state and cheap loans, every fifth company can leave the market altogether.