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Russia: 'Assad Tours' travel agency offers Syria tours, including the frontline02:03

Russia: 'Assad Tours' travel agency offers Syria tours, including the frontline

Russian Federation, Moscow
December 16, 2015 at 04:22 GMT +00:00 · Published

The president of the Moscow-based First Patent Company said he acquired the rights to the 'Assad Tours' trademark to provide holidays to Syria, Wednesday.

Owner, Anatoli Aronov, believes that trips to Syria could be an alternative for Russians not wanting to travel to Turkey or Egypt. "Before, a lot of people travelled to Egypt and Turkey but that was for beach holidays; they lie in the sun, eat, sleep and do the same over and over again. We give people the opportunity [with the 'Assad Tours'] to understand how people live around them."

Aronov claims to have already discussed the idea with a Damascus-based guide and is thought to be in the process of getting the necessary legal permissions from Moscow. One of the more noticeable aspects of the scheme is to allow tourists to visit the front-line. Aronov, who claims to have garnered a lot of interest in the idea, believes travellers "want to go because it is interesting and because a lot of people want an adrenaline rush and this is real adrenaline."

He continued saying the Assad Tour is for "people who want to see and analyse the situation, and who do not want to get their information from the Internet."

Russia: 'Assad Tours' travel agency offers Syria tours, including the frontline02:03
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The president of the Moscow-based First Patent Company said he acquired the rights to the 'Assad Tours' trademark to provide holidays to Syria, Wednesday.

Owner, Anatoli Aronov, believes that trips to Syria could be an alternative for Russians not wanting to travel to Turkey or Egypt. "Before, a lot of people travelled to Egypt and Turkey but that was for beach holidays; they lie in the sun, eat, sleep and do the same over and over again. We give people the opportunity [with the 'Assad Tours'] to understand how people live around them."

Aronov claims to have already discussed the idea with a Damascus-based guide and is thought to be in the process of getting the necessary legal permissions from Moscow. One of the more noticeable aspects of the scheme is to allow tourists to visit the front-line. Aronov, who claims to have garnered a lot of interest in the idea, believes travellers "want to go because it is interesting and because a lot of people want an adrenaline rush and this is real adrenaline."

He continued saying the Assad Tour is for "people who want to see and analyse the situation, and who do not want to get their information from the Internet."