Salisbury's Popularity Has Grown Among Russian Tourists
OREANDA-NEWS Excursions in the British Salisbury after the incident with the Skripal are gaining popularity among day trips around the country from Russian tourists coming to London. This information said Executive Director of the Association of tour operators of Russia (ATOR) Maya Lomidze at a press conference "Results of the summer season 2018".
"Great Britain is a touristic destination, and London remains the tourist leader of this country. At the same time, there are several returnable one-day excursion destinations in the UK," she said.
Lomidze said that Salisbury was usually part of a one-day excursion tour, during which people visit Salisbury and the Stonehenge complex.
"At the same time, the main point of attraction for tourists has always been the famous Stonehenge. It is impossible to come close and touch it, however, tourists actively used this excursion route", - said the representative of ATOR.
Lomidze suggested that after the information wave associated with the poisoning of Skripal, many people will be particularly interested in this point of the route. At the same time, she is sure that there will be many tourists who will now avoid visiting Salisbury precisely because of what happened there.
"If you build a rating of routes for those tourists who come to London, the route with a visit to Salisbury and Stonehenge now take 1-2 place", — commented on the situation Lomidze.
In Salisbury on March 4 were poisoned former GRU officer Sergei Skripal, previously convicted in Russia for treason, and his daughter Julia, which provoked an international scandal. London believes that the poisoning of Skripal substance A234 involved the Russian state, Moscow categorically denies it. Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that" the case of the Skripal" crumbles in the eyes of the lack of any evidence of guilt of Russia. The Russian foreign Ministry sent to the foreign office about 60 diplomatic notes demanding Russia to have access to the investigation, the injured citizens of the Russian Federation, as well as a request for legal assistance and proposals for cooperation, including a joint investigation, but the British authorities did not respond to them.