Operators Cancelling Russia Tours

The growing fallout from the Russia-Ukraine war is propelling tour operators to cancel trips to Russia. Several operators expressed concerns about keeping guests safe in the volatile region, while nations such as Canada, the U.S., and the U.K., among others, have warned their citizens not to travel to Russia, says Skift. In addition, tour operator executives say they’re looking to pressure Russia to end its invasion. “The health and safety of our travelers is of the utmost importance to us,” said G Adventures founder Bruce Poon Trip. G adventures cancelled 25 trips to Russia through 2022. Rick Steves of Rick Steves’ Europe also cancelled Russia tours, saying, “When we bring travelers to another country, we also bring their dollars — dollars that would support (Russian President Vladimir) Putin’s aggression.” Meanwhile operators that cancelled their planned trips to Russia are having to “scramble” to refund guests, which Poon Tip said is difficult due to bank closures in the country. G Adventures and Trafalgar have cancelled their Russia tours through 2022, while Intrepid Travel has only cancelled its tours to the country through the end of JUN.

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