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TASS, August 11. Representatives of the tourism industry recorded a mass failure of the Russians from the South of Turkey in the outbreak in this country of enterovirus infection of Coxsackie virus. Experts believe that this disease is artificially created hype, meanwhile the CPS increases at Russian airports, the monitoring of flights from Turkey.
Earlier in mass media there was information dissemination to tourists in the Turkish resorts of enterovirus infection of Coxsackie virus, which supposedly, many tourists have been forced to break. In Rospotrebnadzor noted that currently the Ministry of health of Turkey announced about the deterioration of the epidemiological situation in connection with the spread of the virus.
On Friday, a source in the Federal service told TASS that the Agency found the conditions in the South of Turkey is unsafe for Russian tourists and sent this information to the Federal tourism Agency . The Agency, in turn, encouraged the Russians to take account of current health threat when deciding about a trip to Turkey and called on tour operators and travel agents be required to inform customers about the complex epidemiological situation.
Waivers of Turkey single
The majority of respondents TASS tour operators in various regions of the Russian Federation explained that he had not received from their customers bounce to fly to Turkey due to media reports about the Coxsackie virus in the country. Some firms acknowledged that such waivers if there was, it was a single character.
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“No didn’t, no complaints and especially no failure (from a trip to Turkey due to the Coxsackie – approx. TASS),” – said the Agency representative of the company “Caesar” – one of the largest travel agencies in Astrakhan. According to him, the demand for Turkish direction remains large. “We have three times a week Charter, and on each flight for 15-30 people from our Agency,” – said the Agency interlocutor.
The same was confirmed by tour operators Volgograd, Krasnodar, Sevastopol, Republic of Adygea. “Any requests for waiver of tourist trips to Turkey, particularly in Antalya, from Volgograd was not. Moreover, applications for permits to enter and now, their sale is proceeding as planned”, – said the employee of “Planet Tour” – one of the largest tour operators in the Volgograd region the Hope dubchenko.
“No failures, and the demand for holidays in Turkey is large enough,” said Uristem Cheech, the CEO of the company “Adygeya-Intourist”, the only tour operator of the Republic of Adygea.
Residents of the Urals is also not scared of the outbreak of the virus in the popular Turkish resorts. “We had questions about the possibility of failure, but as such cases are not known to me Before the end of summer tours to Turkey are well sold, and these failures would not be significant due to exceptionally high demand”, – said the Agency Executive Director of the Ural tourism Association Mikhail Maltsev.
Isolated cases of refusal of Turkey recorded in Rostov-on-don and in the North-West of the country. “There are appeals, but they are few – less than half a percent of those who purchased the ticket (in Rostov region), ready to give it up,” said TASS Director of one of the largest network of travel agencies in the South of Russia “the Pink elephant” Aleksan Mkrtchyan.
A press-Secretary Severo-the Western regional branch of the Russian Union of travel industry (PCT) Pavel Rumyantsev acknowledged that in the early days the inhabitants of the North-West is called in the travel Agency, but refused to purchased a few vouchers. “The first day, when this story started to sound, people were calling the travel Agency. There were failures. To say that this mass – of course not. It is within probably 5% of the total number of tourists, but the failures were,” – said the expert.
“The fact that now it is not so easy to replace the drive, for example, in domestic resort with the same conditions. But we honestly warned everyone about the information received from tourism. And customers take after the decision to refuse or not. Panic itself is not observed, we communicate with our clients constantly and keep them informed of the situation,” explained Mkrtchyan.
Fuss heated media
The reason for the hype around Coxsackie experts of the tourism industry is largely considered journalists. “I remember occasions when the epidemic closed the whole hotel, but nobody blew and didn’t cause a stir. I believe that we are now seeing incorrect coverage of the issue from the media,” said TASS Director General Vladimir travel Agency “VIP-tour” Tatiana Pikunov. According to her, the Turkish direction, despite the reports of infections, remains the most popular with tourists from Russia.
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“We called the guides who work in hotels, which said that the situation is not out of the ordinary. This is normal in August, when it’s peak heat and at a mass gathering of people there are cases. They are rare, not in mass, and to regard them as epidemic, of course, should not be”, – said the Agency interlocutor.
The representative of the tour operator Pegas Turistik in Krasnodar Vitaly beam called reports of an outbreak of infection in Turkey “the hype around nothing.” “There are literally dozens of cases. And considering that around 1.5 million Russians, in fact nothing happens. The entire coast, “infektsionku” catches all the hospitals to call to find out – all the goals”, – said the Agency interlocutor.
The head of the Sevastopol travel company Travel Rozoff Roman Rozov said that the local cases of infection in Turkey was in the past, and the year before, but then “nobody was doing this accent”. “Nothing superseries no mass closure of hotels there,” he said. The expert questioned the hypothesis that these messages about the virus can be a planned action that Russian tourists did not go to Turkey and left to rest in Russia. “Such things if you do, then in may, early in the season, not the end,” said Rozov.
Rumyantsev of the PCT added that it is unlikely that message about the virus in Turkey will seriously affect the tourist season in the country. “I believe if our government at the Federal level, primarily from the CPS, from physicians no additional information about what is really there, the epidemic is spreading and cases the virus becomes more, then, in principle, it will not have a significant impact. If any such statements will be heard, then Yes, it is possible to think that the situation will develop further in not the best for the Turkish tourist industry,” he said.
Gain control over the Turkish flights
Meanwhile, the Rospotrebnadzor strengthens in the Russian airports of sanitary-quarantine control over flights arriving from Turkey, in connection with the information about the frequent cases of infection of enterovirus infection of the citizens. Such measures have been adopted at the St. Petersburg airport Pulkovo and Yekaterinburg, reported the representatives of the regional offices of the service. In particular, in respect of each flight carried out a thermal imaging test to detect passengers with symptoms of infectious diseases.
In Rospotrebnadzor also noted that currently the Ministry of health of Turkey announced about the deterioration of the epidemiological situation in connection with the distribution of Coxsackie virus.
A press-the Secretary of management of Rospotrebnadzora on the Perm edge Olga Shutova has noted that the Agency keeps on monitoring the situation with the spread of the new virus. “We are constantly in the process of “fighting” readiness and meet all vessels from foreign countries for special treatment. Special additional measures are taken. It is noted that there is a new threat, everyone is ready, everyone understands what to do,” – said the Agency interlocutor.