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MOSCOW, RUSSIA (MARCH 11, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF MOSCOW TOURIST BUS DRIVING NEAR RED SQUARE / EMPTY SEATS INSIDE BUS VARIOUS OF EMPTY TOURIST BUS DRIVING NEAR SAINT BASIL'S CATHEDRAL BUS IN FRONT OF SAINT BASIL'S CATHEDRAL MOSCOW, RUSSIA (MARCH 12, 2020) (REUTERS) MOSCOW METRO MAP IN CHINESE PICTURES OF MOSCOW LANDMARKS ON WALL BUNK BEDS IN HOSTEL HOSTEL CORRIDOR (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) GENERAL DIRECTOR OF HOSTEL 'RUS', ANDREI TSAI, SAYING: "Tourists from Europe, China, and everywhere else, they started to travel less, the amount of tourists has declined dramatically. In the case of China, there are no tourists from there at all, as well as tourists from Korea. And we also have very few tourists from Europe recently." VARIOUS OF KITCHEN IN HOSTEL (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) GENERAL DIRECTOR OF HOSTEL 'RUS', ANDREI TSAI, SAYING: "If the situation continues, we will have to turn our focus to other guests, those who live in hostels for a long time, or come in Moscow on business trips, instead of tourists." HOSTEL RECEPTION MAP OF RUSSIA ON WALL ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA (MARCH 12, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF CHURCH OF THE SAVIOR ON BLOOD / SOUVENIR SHOPS TOURIST GUIDE NIKOLAI SIMAKOV HOLDING RUSSIAN DOLL SOUVENIR CUPS (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) TOURIST GUIDE, NIKOLAI SIMAKOV, SAYING: "In the centre of St. Petersburg, a tourist hotspot, it is usually full of tourists, it's impossible to park a car here, it's impossible to get to the cashier (to buy tickets to tourist sites). And now we are in a ghost city. The middle of March is usually a time when the tourist season starts to bloom, and we feel the coming of Spring. Unfortunately this year we, tourist guides, are faced with a situation where there are no tourists in the streets at all." SOUVENIR SHOPS SELLER, ALLA, ARRANGING USHANKA HATS (TRADITIONAL RUSSIAN HATS WITH EARFLAPS) USHANKA HATS (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) SOUVENIR SELLER, ALLA, SAYING: "In Spring and Summer, when there are holidays, people will come, but of course, fewer people, so our profits have already fallen by 50 percent." SOUVENIRS ON SHELVES PERSON IN DONKEY COSTUME HUGGING MAN ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA (MARCH 11, 2020) (REUTERS) HEAD OF INBOUND CHINESE TOURISM RESEARCH LAB POLINA RYSAKOVA WALKING (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) HEAD OF INBOUND CHINESE TOURISM RESEARCH LAB, POLINA RYSAKOVA, SAYING: "On the one hand, now it is still the Winter-Spring season when in general the tourist flow is not that big, but the situation is even more problematic because we don't know yet when the flow of tourists in the Spring-Summer season will recover. Plus, for Russian companies in St. Petersburg, the situation is intense because business from Europe is also under the pressure, because, as we know, attention is turning now to the European coronavirus situation. It becomes harder and harder to talk about tourism from Europe, which is also a large share of the total tourist flow, to St. Petersburg." MONUMENT TO CONFUCIUS IN UNIVERSITY YARD VARIOUS OF PALACE SQUARE VARIOUS OF PEOPLE ENTERING HERMITAGE MUSEUM

Coronavirus Infects Russia's Tourism Industry

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By: Reuters

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