‘A war in Ukraine as far from our European vacation dreams as one in Guatemala would be from Texas or Florida’: Rick Steves, and other tourism industry players shun Russia

The European Union and the United States impose economic sanctions about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – and now private tour companies are taking a stand.

Rick Steves, a TV personality and travel consultant and runs his own European travel agency of the same name, said his company will cancel all tours with stops in Russia. “When we take tourists to another country, we also bring their dollars – dollars that will support Putin’s aggression. As a result, as of today, we have canceled all 2022 travel including a stopover in Russia.”

“We will, of course, closely monitor ongoing events and monitor any travel impact through the rest of Europe. But it’s important to keep the geographical realities in mind and to remember that a war in Ukraine is as far from our European vacation dreams as a war in Guatemala that would come from Texas or Florida,” he wrote. above his blogentitled “No more comrades.”

‘When we take tourists to another country, we also bring their dollars – dollars that will support Putin’s belligerence.’


– Rick Steves, tour operator

Airlines are also responding to Russia’s aggression. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday that it was preparing to close the country’s airspace to Russian airlines. On Thursday, the UK banned Russian flag carrier Aeroflot from landing there; on Friday, Russia banned British airlines from passing through its airspace or from landing at Russian airports.

As the full-blown invasion continued on Friday, Ukraine closed its airspace to civilian flights, while Russia also closed some of its own airspace due to the conflict. The presence and widespread useability of ground and air combat systems pose a high risk to civil flights operating anywhere in the world, said the European Union Aviation Safety Agency. altitude and flight level,” said the European Union Aviation Safety Agency.

Airlines have been warned not to fly over Ukraine, Belarus or Russia within 100 nautical miles of the Ukrainian border. It added: “In particular, there is a risk of intentional targeting and misidentification of civil aircraft. In 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. The four men are Permanent Court in the Netherlands for attack.

‘The presence and usability of a wide range of ground and air combat systems pose a high risk to civilian flights.’


– European Union Aviation Safety Agency

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings on Thursday canceled all visits to St.Petersburg, Russia for the rest of the year. “Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises. Together, the three routes have around 50 trips on their schedule for the year including stops in the Baltic port,” said travel site The Points Guy report. “Late Thursday the Vikings canceled their entire summer in ‘Kiev, the Black Sea and Bucharest.’

However, Steves encourages people to keep traveling and seeing the world. “The tragic reality unfolding in Ukraine only reminds me of how important it is for Americans to continue to travel and to do so in a way that makes us better citizens and more engaged with the world. our. I’m flying to Europe next month for a 40-day trip through dozens of amazing cities from London to Athens – and I’m proud that thousands of my fellow travelers will experience Europe in the next few months. their dream,” he added.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/rick-steves-decries-putins-aggression-wont-support-russia-trips-in-response-to-ukraine-invasion-11645806206?rss=1&siteid=rss ‘A war in Ukraine as far from our European vacation dreams as one in Guatemala would be from Texas or Florida’: Rick Steves, and other tourism industry players shun Russia

Brian Lowry

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