Assisted by regular flight service from Moscow to Bali on Thai Airways and Singapore Airlines and visas-on-arrival, Russian arrivals to Bali are booming – up +64.56% year-to-date January-November 2007.
.The December – January period if high season ex Russia with travel operators organizing charter flights to Southeast Asia to handle the added demand.
Big spenders, often traveling with limited English, evidence of the growing importance of Russian tourists in Bali are the hotels offering Russian language menus and directories of services and a large number of shops posting Russian signs in their windows.
The heaviest influx of Russian charter flights can be expected between December 28 and January 14, over the January 5 Epiphany celebrations. The date on which Russians traditionally celebrate Christmas, many hotels have organized special entertainments and dinners on January 5 for the expected influx of Russian guests.
Russian travelers, together with Indians and Mainland Chinese, rank as three important new emerging markets for Bali tourism.
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