Nevertheless, tour operating companies hope that the Consulates will propose an alternative convenient for both parties. Thus, Galina Kovirshina, Expert of the Italian Department of DSBW, said: ‘I think they will simply prolong working hours’. However, in order to reduce risks travel agents encourage their clients to apply for visa during this week.
Meanwhile, travel companies that specialize in the Greek destination are concerned about how the Consulate of the country will cope with the heavy increase in demand for all Greek regions, forecasting a boom by the end of April: ‘tourist flow to Greece from Russia will increase by 40%’, stated Irina Shishkina, the Head of the Greek Department of Voyage-Travel Club. According to unaccredited sources, the Greek Embassy set a ceiling at 1, 000 applications per day. However, experts forecast a peak load to be 5, 000 applications per day. ‘The problem will be finally solved, I believe. The Consulate might hire additional personnel to coupe with the increased flow of applications’, said Tomas Aidinidis, President of Golden Eagles.