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Stranded Russian tourists receive help to return home

Update: February, 01/2012 - 09:55

BINH THUAN — Authorities in central coastal Binh Thuan Province are co-operating with the Russian Consul General in HCM City to help more than 300 Russian tourists return home by next Wednesday.

The Russian visitors were left stranded in Viet Nam after the bankruptcy of Lanta Tour Voyage, one of Russia's biggest travel companies.

The company announced its bankruptcy on January 27, leaving more than 3,500 Russian tourists stranded in foreign countries around the world.

Chairman of Binh Thuan Province's Tourism Association Nguyen Van Khoa said about 100 Russian tourists, who stayed at local resorts such as the Bamboo Village, Hoang Ngoc and Hai Au, were stilled stranded in the provincial capital of Phan Thiet City.

Other Russian tourists left for HCM City, where they will get help to return to Russia.

Khoa said Konstantin Prihodko, director of Lanta Tour Voyage's branch in Viet Nam, would be in HCM City today to deal with the matter.

Previously, the association had asked the police to not allow Konstantin to leave Viet Nam until the issue is resolved, Khoa said.

According to Khoa, a Russian insurance company will take responsibility to pay for the debt of nearly VND10 billion (US$480,000) to Vietnamese resorts where the tourists stayed.

In a related move, officials from the Russian Consul General and the provincial Culture, Sports and Tourism Department visited local resorts on Monday afternoon to meet the stranded tourists.

The Russian Investigative Committee (SK) yesterday prosecuted Lanta Tour Voyage's management board for embezzling money and property.

A representative from the committee said authorities would investigate the case carefully and enforce all necessary measures to compensate the tourists. — VNS

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