PARSIPPANY, N.J. -- Moscow may be a long way from Kosovo, but
officials say the impact of the Yugoslavia conflict is being felt
in Russia's capital city nonetheless.
"There is a certain effect you can feel," said Olga Egoshina,
director of the Moscow City Tourist Office here. "Overall, people
are more careful about going into central and eastern Europe, but
interest is still high. I'm getting a lot of calls, but this season
is not as good as it could be."
The tourist office's main goal is to work with travel agents and
consumers and promote Moscow as one of the cultural and tourist
centers of Europe. "When we handle inquiries, we try to put an
accent on the safety and say there is nothing dangerous or
threatening about travel to Moscow," Egoshina said.
She noted that the recent bombing incident at Moscow's Intourist
Hotel, which incurred no casualties, was determined to have had
nothing to do with Kosovo. Egoshina also claimed that despite
recent protests against the NATO bombings of Kosovo outside the
American Embassy in Moscow, the average Russian citizen harbors no
hard feelings about U.S. visitors. Moscow City Tourist Office,
Phone: (973) 428-4709, Fax: (973) 884-1711