Sochi breaks records for popularity among tourists

Sochi breaks records for popularity among tourists

Tour operators record a sharp increase in demand for tours in Sochi, according to experts, subject to maintaining closed borders and further lifting restrictions on the dynamics … RIA Novosti, 06/29/2020

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MOSCOW, Jun 29 – RIA News. Tour operators record a sharp increase in demand for tours in Sochi, according to experts, subject to maintaining closed borders and the further lifting of restrictions, sales dynamics will increase, ATOR reports.

This is facilitated by such factors as the opening of hotels of different capacities, tourist facilities, summer and stationary catering outlets. The recent cancellation of certificates for a negative coronavirus test upon arrival at a sanatorium will also add popularity to Sochi.

So, according to representatives of a major tour operator, the demand for tours in Sochi has noticeably increased immediately after the removal of quarantine in the Krasnodar Territory from June 21. First of all, arrivals are booked in July, but at the same time, the number of applications gradually increases throughout the entire season.

According to experts, sales of tours in Sochi already exceed the level of last year, in some companies – several times. Applications are available for the entire season, including September. In popular hotels there is already a shortage of places.

According to market participants, if Sochi continues to return to normal, and provided that travel abroad is still unavailable, the demand for last-minute bookings may increase in the direction. So far, the share of such purchases in total sales is small.

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According to tour operators, in the top demand of tourists planning a vacation in Sochi, hotels of the category “three and four stars”, mainly at breakfast. There is still a high demand for all-inclusive hotels. Such objects account for up to 20-25 percent of sales. The popularity of the All Inclusive concept is related to the preferences of tourists: families with children most often book vacations in Sochi.

Among other trends of the 2020 season is an increase in the interest of Russians in expensive and comfortable holidays in Sochi.

According to market participants, a wide variety of charter programs and affordable regular flights have increased interest in booking package tours in Sochi: their share in total sales reaches 80 percent.


Tours in Russia after the pandemic. What has changed in the programs?

The cost of a tour with an air flight for two for seven nights with accommodation in a studio in a guest house in Krasnaya Polyana (without meals) starts from 16 342 rubles for two, without transportation – from 10 thousand rubles. A tour of the same duration (without a flight), but in a two- or three-star hotel operating on an all-inclusive system, can be purchased at a price of 46-48 thousand rubles. For rest in a hotel of a high category you will have to pay from 80 thousand rubles (flight included), but you should be ready to pay more than 100 thousand rubles.

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Coronavirus and tourism, how to rent a holiday home safely – Il Tempo

2020 will be a different summer for many Italians. After the difficult lockdown period, the desire for a holiday is felt, at the same time there is a strong need to organize a safe summer, also for health. So the holiday home, independent and easily accessible by its own means, becomes a valid alternative for many.

This trend rekindles the attention on the importance of acting safely on the web, from the moment of research and booking, to ensure a peaceful and safe summer from all points of view. From the postal and communications police, the UNC – National Consumer Union – and immediately the vademecum arrives to choose your holiday home safely with a few simple rules to apply when searching for and booking accommodation.

The postal police assist citizens on network security, helping them to identify and limit possible risks. The use of the web to search for one’s holidays is now a consolidated reality and a great opportunity, for this reason the collaboration with those who protect the interests of consumers and with the marketplace leader in Italy is renewed.

And here is the guide of 8 rules to plan and live a holiday in safety created by Postal and Communications Police, National Consumer Union and Immediately:

Realistic, complete and not too glossy images: To check the consistency and truthfulness between images and houses, use a web image search engine to upload the photos in the ad and check that they are not stock photos but shots of a royal house;

Complete and detailed description of the property: To understand if the property and the area (distance from the sea, central position …) correspond to the description made in the ad, look for the road indicated on the maps available on the web and, once you have found the place exactly, view it via satellite;

Contact the advertiser via chat: For further confirmations, contact the advertiser via the platform chat, ask for additional information and photos on the property and learn more with a chat asking for the telephone number, possibly fixed;

Adequate property price: To understand if a price is high, low or adequate it is appropriate to do a search on the area through the platform where the ad is present, also using a search engine and checking if the price is not too low and therefore actually in line with the location and structure of the house;

Meeting with the advertiser: To check that everything is correct, meet the advertiser where possible for a visit to the house and to deliver the amount due in person;

Deposit request and value: The request for a deposit is legitimate, provided it does not exceed 20% of the total;

Identity documents: Do not send personal documents. Identity card, driving license or passport must never be shared as they could be used for unlawful purposes;

Payments: Make payments only on IBAN or via tracked payment methods, the bank IBAN must be traceable to an Italian current account that can be verified using tools such as IBAN calculator.

With the aim of reaching as many users as possible, the 8 golden rules are available on the Subito, Postal and Communications Police and UNC platforms and will also be promoted through social networks with dedicated activities.


Covid-19. London releases list of first “travel corridors”

The Boris Johnson Government is evaluating the creation of “travel corridors” with a number of destinations so that the British can go on vacation without having to comply with the 14-day quarantine on their return to the UK currently in effect.

According to the Thursday edition of Daily Telegraph, London is outlining a three-step plan, the first of which provides for deals with popular holiday destinations in Europe, including France, Italy, Spain, Greece and Germany.

However, the newspaper said, these “low risk” countries should not include Portugal due to the increase in cases of coronavirus in recent days in the region of Lisbon and the south of the country.

The newspaper The Sun puts Portugal in doubt, but the Daily Mail says that “it is likely to be included in the list of destinations, despite concerns about outbreaks” in the country.

According to the British press, in a second phase, starting in August, medium-haul destinations such as Turkey, Morocco, in addition to the French islands of Réunion in the Indian Ocean, some Caribbean islands and Dubai would be added.

Late summer will include countries that involve long-haul flights, such as Vietnam, Singapore, Hong Kong or Canada, although the lists of names vary.

UK and Portugal arguments

British Transport Minister Grant Shapps said on Wednesday that the list of countries with the first “corridors” will be unveiled this Monday, when the first review since the quarantine, introduced three weeks ago, is due to take place. to try to stop the Covid-19 pandemic.

Since June 8, all people arriving from abroad to the UK, including Britons, have been forced to remain in isolation for 14 days to reduce the likelihood of contagion.

On Friday, Portuguese Home Affairs Minister Eduardo Cabrita said that “there is no reason” for quarantining the return to the UK, but he did not want to anticipate the British Government’s announcement about the air corridor with Portugal.

Portugal is one of the countries that has expressed interest in negotiating an “air corridor” with the United Kingdom to be able to receive British tourists, who represented almost 20 percent of the total in 2019.


Asia doesn’t want European tourists

The European Union was to agree, Monday, June 29, on a list of fifteen countries that their level of contamination with Covid-19 would make consider as “safe”, allowing their residents to come to Europe from the month of July.

→ READ. Coronavirus: Europe Reopens to Fourteen Countries

This still provisional list, but made public on Saturday June 27 (1), seems to exclude the United States where the epidemic is out of control, like Russia, but China could be included. Non-essential trips to the EU, which have been banned since mid-March, should be phased out from 1is July.

For some Asian countries, on the other hand, there is no question of opening the borders to Europeans who they consider unsafe in terms of health.

Europe demands reciprocity from China

Thus this list of fifteen countries presents certain anomalies. The epidemiological criteria (a rate of new cases of Covid-19 close to or below 16 per 100,000 inhabitants, EU average, over the past 14 days) does not seem to be questioned, except perhaps for the China. Several Member States have judged “ problematic »The reliability of Chinese epidemiological data.

China could still be on this list, but in this case, the European Union “demands” reciprocity. In other words, European nationals can also freely travel to China. What is not the case for the moment, with the exception of some diplomats or businessmen, for whom a quarantine of two weeks is compulsory in Shanghai, in a hotel chosen by the Chinese government.

No European citizen can go to Japan

Another ambiguity of this list, the green light granted to Japanese and South Korean nationals, without “requirement” but accompanied by a simple “request” for “reciprocity”. For the South Korean authorities there is no travel ban in South Korea. “Anyone can enter the country, says a resident of Seoul, but there are some requirements: visa application at the consulate and test on arrival. If the test is positive, it is direct at the hospital, if it is negative it is about two weeks in a hotel chosen by the government, at 100 € per day at the expense of the traveler. “ In other words, a crippling constraint for a tourist. “The South Koreans are afraid of the Europeans whom they consider as” contaminants “”, said this witness again in Seoul.

Foreign residents in Japan cannot return to Japan

The situation is much more ambiguous for Japan. To date, no European national has the right to go there. No exceptions. Even European residents living and paying their taxes in Japan, stranded abroad, are not allowed to return to “their” country of residence.

→ READ. Deconfinement: Orly Airport takes off again

The European “demand” for reciprocity could make a difference, but the Japanese bureaucracy has still not received an order to resolve this situation which affects thousands of people. “Part of my family is in Tokyo and I cannot join them,” testifies a Frenchwoman stranded in Paris.

Hong Kong and Taiwan, exemplary in the management of the virus, are not on the list

Finally, no reference to Hong Kong or Taiwan on this European list, while the prevalence rate in these countries is among the lowest in the world. “If he does not live in Hong Kong, no European can enter it, explains a European expatriate, you can’t even get on the plane. “ In Taiwan, which has managed the coronavirus epidemic in an exemplary manner, “No European tourist returns, it’s closed”, explains a European consultant living on the spot for years.

Taiwanese and foreign residents were able to return, but had to be quarantined for 14 days. “If a Taiwanese man goes to Europe, he should quarantine himself on his return. “ The rules have been softened since June 22 for diplomats, businessmen or teachers, with tests three days before leaving and a quarantine modulated according to the countries of origin: five days for New Zealand but 15 days for Europe … still considered “dangerous”.

(1) Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay.


Fossil find the last predator dinosaur in Argentina

Fossil find the last predator dinosaur in Argentina

Wednesday – 27 Ramadan 1441 AH – May 20, 2020 AD No. No. [

Meat-eating dinosaur

London: «Middle East»

The remains of a predatory dinosaur (Megaraptor) have been found, becoming one of the last meat-eating dinosaurs that inhabited the planet, according to fossil scientists from the Argentine Museum of Natural Sciences.
The southern province of Santa Cruz witnessed the discovery in mid-March. After the experts studied the fossil remains of ten meters, they realized that they were studying the remains of a predator dinosaur from the end of the “age of the dinosaurs.”
“This is the moment that took place 65 million years ago when the dinosaurs became extinct, and this megapator that we must now study will be one of the newest representatives of this group,” the paleontologist in charge of the project, Fernando Nobath, told Reuters. This type of dinosaur is thinner than the Tyrannosaurus rex and it was fast and had a long tail allowing it to maintain its balance. Nobath said that they had a muscular structure and legs stretched out to make strides. “The specific feature of this megapetor was in two long arms and his thumb ended with a claw about 40 cm long,” allowing him to pounce on his prey, Noboth added.




Russian tour operators began to cancel July tours abroad

Russian tour operators canceled July tours abroad due to uncertainty with the dates of lifting restrictions imposed due to coronavirus. This was reported by the industry portal “Vestnik ATOR”.

Photo: Andrey Nekirechev / Moscow Agency

The cancellation of tours has already been reported by Anex Tour, Pegas Touristik, Tez Tour, Coral Travel and Intourist. Some of them cancel vouchers with dates until mid-July, others with flights until the end of July. Customers are requested to rebook them at a later date.

“Tour operators do not have high hopes for the resumption of international tourism in the coming month, they do not want to take risks,” the newspaper writes.

Russia has shut down international flights since the end of March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Airlines could only make charter flights for the export of the remaining Russians abroad.

On June 26, Transport Minister Yevgeny Dietrich announced that the agency remains hopeful of opening international flights in July this year, but first wants to make sure that it is safe to distribute COVID-19 domestic flights.

Earlier, The New York Times reported that EU authorities are discussing a list of countries from which it will be possible to enter the EU from July 1. According to the newspaper, it is not yet planned to include Russia, the USA and Brazil in it, since in these countries the situation with the pandemic is difficult. At the same time, one of the preliminary lists included China, Cuba and Uganda.


A long way to go between Argentina and creditors

A long way to go between Argentina and creditors

Buenos Aires shows {flexibility} in debt restructuring negotiations totaling $ 65 billion

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The Argentine economy minister expects the road to negotiations with creditors to be long (Reuters)

Buenos Aires: «The Middle East»

Argentine Economy Minister Martin Guzman said Argentina is “flexible” in debt restructuring talks with its creditors, but there is still a “long way” before a “sustainable” agreement is reached.
“Argentina is flexible regarding the set of factors that should form the basis of any offer” for a debt restructuring of $ 65 billion, Guzman said in an interview with German news agency DPA. However, he said, “We cannot make promises that we cannot fulfill … The agreement makes sense only if it is an agreement that takes care of Argentina entirely.”
Buenos Aires stresses that the debt installments cannot be so large that the state threatens to go bankrupt and leaves no room for the shrinking economy to start growing again.
Creditors rejected Argentina’s offer of a three-year moratorium, reducing interest payments by 62 percent, and reducing major payments by 5.4 percent.
Guzmán said that the government had not yet submitted a new proposal, and that negotiations with creditors were currently dealing with “conditions … including the issue of the supply structure”. The minister noted that Argentina is also in talks with the International Monetary Fund to assess its ability to pay. “From the moment Argentina adjusts its offer, there must be an additional 10-day period until the date on which the offer ends,” the minister stressed.
The minister refused to specify the possible length of negotiations. “It depends on the willingness of the parties to understand the restrictions facing the country, as well as on the ability of creditors to settle their differences,” he said. He noted that “creditors are very different, and they have different preferences on how to solve this.” He stressed that the most important of the duration of the talks is that «this needs a good solution. Argentina will only make a commitment if it can respect it. ”
At the same time, Guzmán said, Buenos Aires is discussing a possible new economic program with the International Monetary Fund, through which it is developing a “fruitful” relationship. The fund had previously given Argentina a $ 57 billion bailout package, the largest IMF credit line ever … but the International Monetary Fund is not very popular in Argentina, as critics blame it for austerity policies.
“The previous program was created very quickly, and it was a governmental decision, and the community was not involved,” Guzman said. He promised that this time there would be a “very important social discussion” on relations with the IMF.
Guzmán said that when President Alberto Fernandez’s left-wing government took office last December, it found that the country was “in a total economic crisis and deep debt, and that public finances were in poor shape.”
Argentina has already entered the state of default 8 times, the last of which was in 2001. Guzmán stated that the country now needs to “rebuild confidence” through “monetary and fiscal policies and exchange rate policies that are compatible with each other.” He pointed out that the other main element in creating confidence is “rescheduling debt and bringing it to levels that the country can deal with”.
The Corona pandemic crisis exacerbated Argentina’s economic problems. Guzmán said the country had made health its priority and imposed a “very strict sanitary quarantine.”
On the other hand, the International Monetary Fund said, on Monday, that Argentina’s latest offer to restructure its debt will restore its debt sustainability, and that there is little opportunity for another increase in its payments to private creditors, according to “Bloomberg” agency.
The fund said in a statement: “There is only a limited scope for increasing payments to private creditors, and it still has to pay the debts and service those debts.” In its statement, the Fund added: “The Argentine authorities’ revised proposal for debt restructuring will be consistent with the recovery of debt sustainability with a high probability.”
This is the first comment from the International Monetary Fund since it issued an 18-page “technical note” on March 20, in which it analyzed the Argentine government’s ability to pay debts.




The discovery of a fossil frog dating back two million years in Argentina

The discovery of a fossil frog dating back two million years in Argentina

Wednesday – 18 Shawwal 1441 AH – 10 June 2020 AD No. No. [

Prehistoric frogs

London: «Middle East»

At a depth of 44 meters during the drilling of a water well in San Pedro, 180 kilometers north of Buenos Aires, Argentine scientists have discovered fossil remains of a type of frog that lived in the center of this South American country about two million years ago, according to Agence France-Presse.
“We don’t know much about prehistoric frogs,” said Federico Aniolan, a researcher with the Argentine Institute of Natural Sciences, at the Science Publishing Agency at the National University of Matanza.
He added: “Frogs and hells are affected greatly by climatic and environmental changes, so they are an important source of information to understand past climates.” And the find happened. The researcher stressed that the paleontologists found “the bone of the humerus is a very small amphibious organism different from the hulls and frogs of trees.”
He emphasized that the petite fossil was identified despite its size because the petroats; It is a group of amphibians, including frogs and toads, with a special structure at the tip of the humerus in the elbow joint. This special structure provides it with great ductility to make quick movements and stability. “The discovery is a great contribution to paleontology in Argentina,” said Federico Aniolan.




Portugal placed on the “red list” of British tourism

Portugal will not be one of the safe destinations for UK tourists in the near future. At least those who want to avoid quarantine on their way home.

According to the BBC and The Telegraph, Portugal and Sweden will be excluded from the list to be presented by the British government on Monday with countries considered safe in terms of Covid-19 so that the British can travel on vacation from now on. from Monday, July 6.

The list will be divided into three levels, with green for safe countries, amber for risky countries and red for banned countries, depending on the prevalence of the virus in their territory.

For Sean Tipton, of the Association of British Travel Agencies, having a list of safe destinations will be “good” for companies to get back to work. “But it would have been better if we had been informed a little earlier because companies need to plan ahead. This is not like turning on a tap,” criticized Tipton.

One of the destinations that will, it seems, be considered safe and highly sought after by the British will be Spain, the third European country most affected by the pandemic, after the United Kingdom itself and Russia.

The infection, however, shows that it is now spreading in Spain at a lower rate than in Portugal, at least according to official data released by both governments.

Logan Jory is a British tourist with a wedding scheduled this summer on the island of Mallorca in Spain.

Seeing Spain included in the list of safe countries without requiring a quarantine on the return “is very good news.” .

The bride, Hannah Blowfield, also breathes a sigh of relief at the BBC news.

“We have booked flights, hotels, everything. Obviously, we had already postponed them once. These have been very difficult times for us, so now we hope that everything can go smoothly,” he wished.

BBC journalist Mark Lowen, currently posted in Rome, Italy, but with a close connection to Portugal, highlights the frustration of the alleged Portuguese absence from the UK’s list of safe countries.

Greece will be another vacation destination considered safe for the British and which will be in high demand.

France, Italy, Belgium and even Turkey, countries where the new coronavirus has been very active since March, are also expected to appear on the list of safe countries to be announced by the Boris Johnson government.

Portuguese minister criticizes the United Kingdom

In Portugal, where British tourism has a weight of almost 20% in reserves, the malaise begins to be felt. Home Affairs Minister Eduardo Cabrita is quoted by the Spanish newspaper El País as criticizing the alleged exclusion by the British.

“It is not Portugal that is at risk. There is no reason. Portugal has better indicators of public health and response to the pandemic than the United Kingdom”, underlined the Portuguese minister.

The Secretary of State for Tourism spoke to the BBC Breakfast program and underlined the fact that Portugal was elected the safest destination in Europe by the World Tourism and Travel Council, also extolling the country as “a clean and safe destination”.

“Some countries are on this list (from the United Kingdom) and Portugal is fighting for a place,” said Rita Baptista Marques, ensuring that the situation is “completely under control” through massive testing.

In the update of this Saturday’s epidemiological bulletin, the Directorate-General for Health revealed the record of 323 more infections and six deaths in the frame of Covid-19.

Among the new infections, 255 were diagnosed in the Lisbon and Vale do Tejo region, the most affected today.

According to the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC), Portugal was this Saturday the second worst European country in terms of active cases per 100 thousand inhabitants accumulated in the last two weeks, with 45.6, far above the United Kingdom (24.62) and only behind Sweden (151.01), this being the arbitrary criterion that is being taken into account by the countries that have been putting Portugal on the risk list.

A British government spokesman who was not identified by the BBC would still have suggested that British tourists who really want to go on holiday in Portugal will be able to avoid quarantine if they choose to travel via Spain and then take the rest of the trip by car.

UK fears new outbreak of infections

Since 8 June, the United Kingdom has obliged all people arriving from abroad to comply with a 14-day quarantine to reduce possible new outbreaks of contagion. Failure to comply can cost a fine of up to a thousand euros.

But in a country with more than 310,000 confirmed cases, almost 44,000 deaths in the frame of Covid-19 and a rate of new daily cases above 800, the biggest problem seems to be on the inside.

The last few days, with temperatures rising on the thermometers, have been marked by a race by the British to the beaches. This was joined by the uncontrolled party of Liverpool football fans, who once again celebrated winning an English championship title 30 years later and even forgot Covid-19.

The authorities fear that the incidence of the new coronavirus will significantly worsen in the coming days. Something that may come to change many of the deconfinition decisions now to be considered.


Holiday bonus, from July 1st via requests. Here’s what travelers need to do to get it

Travel time, for those who can. We think of the holiday bonus, because from the next one gets into the heart of the summer. And right from July 1st it will be possible to request it. That’s how.

Structure. The tax code for the 2020 holiday bonus is 6915 and will allow all participating accommodation establishments to recover the tax discount made to tourists up to an amount of 20%, which can be downloaded as tax deduction in the tax return of the following year. The remaining 80% is the immediate discount of the holiday bonus for the tourist, which must contact the structure without any intermediation of online booking agencies (the only ones allowed are travel agencies and tour operators) and with which you can save up to € 150 for nuclei consisting of a single component, € 300 for couples and € 500 for families of minimum three people. To use the tribute code from the participating holiday bonus structures, it is necessary to fill in the F24 form, to report the tribute code in the “Tax authorities of the Revenue Agency and populate the field compensated credit amounts (for offsetting the tax credit) or debit amounts paid (in the case of repaying the concession).

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Always stay mandatory to issue an invoice or commercial document. At the time of payment, to activate the holiday bonus, the member structure must check the validity of the same in the reserved area of ​​the Revenue Agency, and wait for the next working day to recover the advance amount in the form of a tax credit, after to have requested it with model F24.

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Tourists. The traveler who wants to access the holiday bonus does nothing but confirm your digital identity through the Spid system or the CIE, the digital electronic paper that many Italians already own. When registering via one of two channels, you will be asked to enter your own Isee, which must not exceed 40 thousand euros per year. Then simply download the Io Italia app for the 2020 holiday bonus with which to request and monitor the holiday bonus, and if the request is successful, confirmation of the maximum amount and the double option between immediate discount and deduction will arrive on your smartphone . The Io Italia App finally, it will generate the univocal code and the Qr to be communicated to the structure upon payment.

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