Three Rusian agency could not get visa from Czechs
Sunday, 24. June 2012, 14:55
The Czech Republic was recently dealing with a dispute that broke out with Russia over the withdrawal or non-extension of accreditation of 15 Russian travel agencies as from June 1, but the number was later reduced to three.
Maya Lomidze, director general of the Russian Association
of Tour Operators (ATOR), told Pravo that the Czech Republic did not state any
reason for its step.
Pravo writes, referring to its sources, that the Czech
Republic has cancelled the accreditation of some 50 travel agencies in Belarus,
Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine since the beginning of the year.
The Czech Foreign Ministry speaks about 50 agencies in
another six countries of the region since May 2011, Pravo writes.
Accreditation makes it easier for travel agencies to
acquire visas for their clients, which is an advantage over competition, the
It says Sergei Shpilko, president of the Russian Tourism
Association, that represents 2500 firms, wrote a letter to Czech Prime Minister
Petr Necas and Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg in this connection on May
Pravo writes that the Czech Foreign Ministry eventually
reduced to three the number of Russian travel agencies that lost the
The Czech Foreign Ministry told Pravo that serious
breaches of commitments were behind the withdrawal or non-extension of
Pravo, citing the RIA-Novosti server, writes that half a
million Russians arrived in the Czech Republic last year. This year the number
is expected to rise to 750,000.
The Russians pay some 1.5 billion crowns for visas per
year. The Czech Republic is the Russians' 11th most popular destination,
according to the server.
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