The Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) intends to ask the Transport Ministry and the federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya) to restrict flights from Russia to Egypt, ATOR Executive Director Maya Lomidze said on Friday.
The Russian Federal Agency for Tourism (Rosturizm) earlier recommended that Russian tour operators and tour agents suspend the promotion and sale of tour products and specific tourist services in Egypt until the situation there normalizes.
According to ATOR, the aggravation of the situation in Egypt has already cost Russian tour operators millions of euros. "According to tentative estimations, the losses may reach 100 million euros," Lomidze said.
"There is currently no ban on airlines to fly to Egypt. It's nonsense, legal nonsense. Someone pays for every nonsense, and in this case it's tour operators," she told a press conference in Moscow.
Lomidze said Rosturizm's decision to stop selling tours to Egypt, which was made on Thursday, came as a surprise to the tourism business. "A balanced, correct position was chosen at the meeting in Rosturism," she said.
"The letter issued by Rosturizm means that the sale of tours to Egypt is halted the moment it is published, that is, Thursday evening. The tourism business will follow the recommendations issued by Rosturizm," she said.
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