Russian business man looking for contacts in Eritrea

By Roman Khodus

I found the perfect tourism destination for Russians – a country called Eritrea – let me explain why and start with an observation made by a travel columnist.

Gunnar Garfors, a Norwegian travel columnist said about Eritrea that it is a tourist destination virtually unheard of.

For us Russians holiday at sea is a ritual, which must occur at least once a year. Only after that the Russians may feel fully rested and ready for a new working year.

Holidays at sea includes the sun, the beach and of course the sea itself. None of the resorts in the central and northern part of Russia can be compared with the effect of beach holidays in the southern hemisphere. However holidays must pass quality, safe and be relatively inexpensive.

I remember during Soviet times, Russians took their vacations on the Black Sea beaches of the Crimea and the Caucasus. Russians stayed in low cost accommodation like camping, removable rooms, motels, which can be compared with the 2-star hotel in Spain or Turkey.

With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the opening of borders Russian citizens began to visit the resorts in Turkey, Egypt, Greece, Tunisia, etc. This new destinations were much better than the Black Sea resorts and Russians noticeably preferred to look for holidays beyond their borders. Especially as they are much further south, and therefore offered more sun and a warmer sea. Russians would not travel abroad if service is weak and staying uncomfortable and expensive.

But resorts in Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece, Tunisia and Egypt are also imperfect. The summer seasons are to short with only 4 months hence it shortens the time Russians can spend holidays abroad during the year. Even a destination like Hurghada in Egypt is open for tourists only in the winter and at time it can become very cold over there.

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However, development is going on at the resort to make it accessible from September through to May, when the Mediterranean resorts are not able to take because of the cold weather.

My case for Eritrea is the need of a new resort development that would have enough warm climate at a time when cold on the Mediterranean beaches and the need for holidays is still available and shifting more towards the autumn and winter period in Europe. Eritrea is a country with a long coastline, warm climate and lies relatively close to Europe. In this case, beach holiday in Eritrea did not compete, but complement the resorts of the Mediterranean.

This is why I am looking for partners or officials in Eritrea, who can help me to bring my Russian investors and decision makers in Eritrea together.

Concerning cooperation and proposals please contact Roman Khodus at tourism.afro@yandex.ru

By Editorial Team

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