News : The Russian Tourists Will be Well Informed
Dec 13, 2013 -- Russian tourists are known to travel with no fear to places many other tourists would have reservations to go. Now Russian tourists visiting Goa will now get round-the-clock online assistance with the opening of a Russian Information Centre here from tomorrow.
The Russian Information Centre in Goa, pioneered by Tara Leisure Travel Pvt Ltd, one of the largest tourism operators in Goa catering to Russian tourists, will be inaugurated tomorrow in the presence of Alexey M Mzareulov, Deputy Consul General of the Russian Federation in Mumbai.
The Consul General of Russian Federation in Goa, Victor Albuquerque will also be present during the function. "The information centre will be located at Candolim in North Goa and Benaulim in South Goa," Ekaterina Belyakova, managing partner of Tara Travel said.
The information centre is set up to help Russian tourists hand pick the right type of accommodation, travel, and transfer options, tour guides and other handy services like dry cleaning or kids-friendly restaurants in Goa, she said. According to official figures, 2,50,000 Russian tourists visited Goa last year, surpassing the traditional UK travellers who top the list of visitors to the coastal state.
"It's a well-known fact that Russian tourists often face difficulties in finding comprehensive information about Goa, its tourist infrastructure, sightseeing options and many other facilities that make stay in Goa really enjoyable, most of the time because of the language barrier," Belyakova said. The offices at Candolim and Benaulim and a round-the-clock call centre with Russian-speaking operators will be of great help to them, she said. The idea to create a place where any Russian can come with his or her problem was in the pipeline for many years, and not only among Russians living and working here but among the Indian business community and even tourism sector authorities.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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