Articles tagged “russia”

Russia Stops All International Flights, Even for Repatriation

Russia Stops All International Flights, Even for Repatriation

Gleb Stolyarov, Andrey Kuzmin, and Alexander Marrow, Reuters

Russia had already closed its borders to foreigners. But its sudden stop of all flights risks stranding many citizens abroad and preventing people from leaving the country.

2 months ago

Russia Closes State-Run Hotels, Resorts Over Rising Coronavirus Cases

Russia Closes State-Run Hotels, Resorts Over Rising Coronavirus Cases

Alexander Marrow and Tom Balmforth, Reuters

Russia has gone into tourism lockdown to combat coronavirus, including closing state-run recreational areas and hotels and halting all international flights. But the country's other problem is that a majority of its residents do not believe government figures, which show the number of coronavirus cases within Russia has only just surpassed 1,000.

2 months ago

Stopping Asian Airports From Becoming Protesters’ Punching Bags

Stopping Asian Airports From Becoming Protesters’ Punching Bags

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Unless they live on another planet, most people now know that airports are the perfect places to hold demonstrations and gain maximum coverage for a cause. It’s a message that airport authorities in Asia must correct, particularly as conflicts will continue to simmer in the region.

9 months ago

Russia Is Relaxing Its Restrictive Visa Regimes for Tourists: Why Now?

Russia Is Relaxing Its Restrictive Visa Regimes for Tourists: Why Now?

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Russia wants to be seen as a global power and attract all the foreign investment that comes with that. After years of restrictive visa regimes, it seems to finally be accepting that tourism is a great tool to facilitate that.

9 months ago

Popular Russian Tour Guide to St. Petersburg Charms With Personal Story

Popular Russian Tour Guide to St. Petersburg Charms With Personal Story

Irina Titova, Associated Press

Homeless for years, Vyacheslav Rasner has become the best-known guide in Saint Petersburg. Based on this description of his tour of the city, we want to take it, too.

10 months ago

Georgia’s Rising Tensions With Russia Could Be an Opportunity for Its Tourism

Georgia’s Rising Tensions With Russia Could Be an Opportunity for Its Tourism

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Georgia's tourism sector has been a striking success story over the last decade. While recent tensions with Russia threaten to upset the progress, they may also serve as the impetus for the country's tourism industry to become less reliant on its neighbor.

11 months ago

Egypt Pleads With Russia to Resume Red Sea Resort Flights

Egypt Pleads With Russia to Resume Red Sea Resort Flights

Associated Press

Egypt and Russia both have the motivation to restart Red Sea resort flights. Egypt has to convince Russia that its airport security upgrades have expanded beyond Cairo to popular resort destinations.

2 years ago

U.S. Sanctions May Ban Inbound Flights on Russian Carrier Aeroflot

U.S. Sanctions May Ban Inbound Flights on Russian Carrier Aeroflot

Ilya Khrennikov, Bloomberg

Political tension between the U.S. and Russia mounts, and this time, Russia's state-run carrier Aeroflot may feel the pinch.

2 years ago

Russia Enjoys Short-Term Tourism Boost Thanks to World Cup Arrivals

Russia Enjoys Short-Term Tourism Boost Thanks to World Cup Arrivals

Angela Charlton, Associated Press

So far the World Cup appears to have been a big success for Russia — especially with the national team doing so well. The big issue the country has is keeping the tourism feel-good factor going after the tournament has ended.

2 years ago

Russia Faces an Uphill Climb to Turn World Cup Into Tourism Win

Russia Faces an Uphill Climb to Turn World Cup Into Tourism Win

Dan Peltier, Skift

Who can blame travelers for wanting to sit this World Cup out given all the reasons (some valid) they get from news reports every day? FIFA could also have done more to assure travelers from countries like the U.S. and UK that Russia will have the welcome mat rolled out, at least while the matches are being played.

2 years ago

Netherlands, Australia Blame Russia For Downing of Malaysia Airlines Plane

Netherlands, Australia Blame Russia For Downing of Malaysia Airlines Plane

Joost Akkermans, Bloomberg

It's good to see that four years after the crash of MH17 in the Ukraine, investigators are still on the case. It's time that Russia be held accountable.

2 years ago

U.S. Issues New Requirements for Russian Planes in Airspace Spat

U.S. Issues New Requirements for Russian Planes in Airspace Spat

Brian Sumers, Skift

The State Department just closed the books on the last long-running airline-related diplomatic saga in Washington — Open Skies agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. Now, apparently, the government is turning its attention to a feud with Russia about so-called overflight rights.

2 years ago