Three Russian tourist agencies denied accreditation

The Czech Foreign Ministry has refused to extend the accreditation of three Russian tourist agencies citing low credibility. The names of the agencies have not been released. The ministry denies or fails to extend accreditation in cases where an agency does not fulfill the respective criteria or violates their conditions such as providing false information. There are currently 168 Russian travel agencies which arrange trips to the Czech Republic. Approximately 80 percent of Russian tourists visit this country within a package tour. The Czech consulate in Moscow issues around half a million visas a year.