Will Bird Flu Affect The Demand For Europe

Will Bird Flu Affect The Demand For Europe

27.02.2006, 19:21
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Will Bird Flu Affect The Demand For Europe
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    According to mass media, bird flu has been recently registered in Cyprus, Turkey, Romania and Egypt.
    Meanwhile it has not affected the pricing policy of incoming companies in Switzerland, Romania and Egypt. However the situation is different in Turkey, where local hoteliers decided to make changes to their agreements with Russian operators (news/ 13.02.06) and even to cut prices for in-country services. Boris Blinov, General Director of Altus-touroperator believes that a percentage of tourists will go to Switzerland to exhibitions and conferences, as it is not a mass tourism destination. While European tourists prefer to avoid traveling to Turkey, Switzerland is experiencing no changes in tourist flow. According to experts, German operators booked quotas for Switzerland resorts.
    Furthermore, experts do not rush into forecasting Romanian players behavior. ‘The pricing policy of Romanian incoming companies might change if there is still the risk of bird flu in the country in summer’, said Natalia Pimenova, the Head of Romania Department of PAKS.
    Meanwhile travel market players worry that possible further outbreaks of bird flu might lead to drop in demand in general, even if the real threat is not serious.
    On February 27th BANKO Information Service sent a request to the head of Federal Service in the sphere of Customer Protection, Gennady Onischenko, in order to receive a comment on the possibility of bird flu infection at the resorts. His comments will be published soon on www.tourdom.ru.

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