The Russians changed Rimini.
Russians are changing the daily life of the Italian town of Rimini, where most of the population is engaged in the service of tourists. Now they know perfectly well: in order for profits to grow even during a crisis, the bar should work at least until three in the morning, and in the fridge there should always be champagne. Tipping from the Russians leads the Italians in shock. "I have never seen my workers work so hard". confesses the owner of the hotel.
This year, 63% of Russians came to Rimini Airport more than in the first half of last year. However, the vast majority of Russian tourists stay in the city for one night only, and then go on a tour of Italy.
Those who remain, have already become the same symbol of Rimini, as the Park & laquo; Italy in miniature & raquo; or the triumphal arch of Augustus. But if earlier the Russians were known in the resort only thanks to noisy parties, now much has changed: "Russians are interested not only in shopping and drinking, but also in Italian cuisine, art and culture", & ndash; writes the local newspaper Il Resto del Carlino in the article "Women, vodka and rubles: the Russian masters of the Adriatic Riviera & raquo ;.
& laquo; Russians leave a tip to the waiters at a rate of 1200 euros. I've never seen staff work so well & raquo ;, & ndash; Tonino Batani, owner of two five-star hotels & ndash; Grand Hotel in Rimini and Palace Hotel in Milano Marittima.
However, to achieve such an arrangement of Russians is not so simple. According to the hotelier, although the Russians are willing to spend 1000 euros per night, they also require the appropriate service from the hotel: "do not close the restaurant until three in the morning, have chilled Krug champagne reserves, serve dinner in the room and constantly organize parties & raquo ;. & laquo; Some fly by private aircraft, others require a rental of Audi and Maserati & raquo ;, & ndash; says the owner of the hotel.
It is interesting that in Russian travel companies Rimini is behind the scenes a "resort for the poor". & laquo; This is a very economical resort, which is used as a trans-shipment base for further trips around the country & ndash; as part of a tour or on a rented car. Most of them stay on vacation either because they do not know it, or because it's cheap & raquo ;, & ndash; told the EUROMAG magazine the head of the outbound tourism department of the tour operator of the BSI Group Olga Volkova.
& laquo; I remember how one tour operator, coming to the region, sold a week in Rimini for 399 euros. It's cheaper than taking a train to Anapa & raquo ;, & ndash; adds the general director of the tour operator "Megapolus Tours" Victoria Kizimova. & laquo; But personally I would never stay in Rimini & raquo ;, & ndash; she admits.
Low prices for the resort representatives of the tourism industry explain low service, not very good beach and bad hotels. Victoria Kizimova is sure that one day Rimini will lose her status as the most popular resort among Russians, because "now there are a lot of races going on". & laquo; We already notice how, for example, and in the regions they refuse from Rimini and ask about Tuscany, where they are ready to fly either through Moscow or with transplantation in European cities & raquo ;, & ndash; she assured EUROMAG.
By the way, in Rimini itself is no longer delighted with the fact that "blonde Tatiana and Svetlana were forced out of the beaches by Swedes, who traditionally liked to rest there" raquo ;. Thus, the head of the Association of Hoteliers of the Emilia-Romagna region, Alessandro Georgetti, does not hide that he is distrustful of the tourist flow from Russia. Sometimes Russian tourists spend too much and behave inconsistently. They refer to Emilia-Romagna without respect, and other tourists leave from us & raquo ;, & ndash; he says.
The Russians changed Rimini.