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How to avoid becoming a victim of tour operators

March 20 2007

Already on 1 June will come into force new rules for registration of tourism companies. Their innovation is that all tour operators are obliged to issue financial guarantees for tourists in case of emergency. So what could face new law "About bases of tourist activities in Russia" ordinary citizens?

Under the new law, the size of the so-called "tour operator OSAGO (mandatory liability insurance) for firms operating in the international market of 5 million rubles a year, and from 2008 - 10 million. Now, from tour operators each year will require a bank guarantee (which is still 5% of 5 million). Only then the company gets a license.

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Today Russia has more than 10,000 travel agencies, and many of them simply fail and do not have time to negotiate with banks and insurance companies. The big banks have already put new bonded conditions: require travel agencies to buy promissory notes in the full amount of software, found on mortgage companies, etc.

Such an approach by the state to help clean up the tourism sector services from firms ephemera, but together with them will disappear and small private organizations. In addition, the Russian market of tourist services will remain foreign companies. How to read the new law, the tour operator can only be a company registered in the RF.

To avoid unnecessary problems, drastically reduce its junior partners, and large firms. It's not the financial guarantees - from the "agents" are not required. Up to 80% of all sales are 1 / 5 of registered affiliates. But the increasing trend in recent complaints from customers accounted for the remaining partners. Thus, large tour operators will try to get rid of "ballast". According to estimates of experts, from June the number of tour agencies reduced by half, if not tripled.

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So, to sum up: the Russians have to be doubly careful when choosing the tour operator. In the next 2 months the company will continue to sell vouchers for the summer. Be vigilant - it may be that with the onset of June 1 the company in which you bought the ticket, will be outlawed - you will lose his money and passport.

Such a fuse under the summer holiday of Russians had been laid since the beginning of the year, when in force a decision to terminate the licensing of tour operator and travel agent activities. Up until the first of June to trade vouchers can anyone. This means that in the next 2 months the number of unscrupulous travel companies that sell "hot" summer tour to increase significantly.

Alex Vitvitskiy


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