Russian tourists have been warned about the danger to life of “author’s” tours organized by non-professional guides. About this in detail story the founder of the company “Science Tour Baikal” Nina Novikova in an interview with SIA.
According to the expert, with the need to travel around Russia, the number of unscrupulous guides has increased, who, not corresponding to their qualifications and experience, begin to organize “author’s” tours. They are supposed to be programs “copied” from tour operators, and not assigned by routes.
“First, they order a program from tour operators, and the next year they conduct it on their own, without involving guides. Or a former tourist becomes an organizer of tours to Baikal. Many newcomers entering the profession are completely unprepared for it. They don’t have information about the region, they read it on the Internet – and they don’t know how to keep a group, and they can, ”Novikova gave an example.
It was also noted that the organization of tours is taken into account to a sufficient extent for the business sector, since they do not require special investments. In addition, the popularity of the profession is being raised by the “new inspired fashion”, which can be earned while traveling, rather than sitting in the office. In addition, tourists enjoy the reduced price of such offers, which are considered as Novikova, dumping.
“When buying a tour, the consumer should check whether the company is in the register of tour operators, whether liability is insured, whether it has the right to excursion activities. It is important to collect reviews, look at portfolios, qualifications. If the passenger travels with a travel company, then the conclusion of an agreement is mandatory. Even if it is a one-day excursion, ”the interlocutor of the publication gave advice.
Earlier in January, the head of the Ministry for the Development of the Far East, Alexei Chekunkov, said that the minimum cost of a weekly tour to Kamchatka from Moscow starts from 70,000 rubles. “It is unlikely that it will be much lower due to logistics – objectively, Kamchatka is further from Moscow than New York,” the minister explained.