MU Travel takes 4,000 fans to Moscow

Four thousand football fans travelled to Moscow last week with MU Travel, the official operator for Manchester United owned by The Co-operative Travel.

In total, 40,000 Chelsea and Manchester United fans descended on the Russian city for the match, some paying up to £1,500 for their trip.

Speaking on his return from Moscow, The Co-operative Travel director of commercial Shaun Hindssaid: “We were delighted with the way the trip was organised. Our outbound flights left Manchester Airport exactly as planned.

“The return journey was a little more challenging, but our staff did a good job in what was an incredibly difficult environment – and despite the best efforts of the airport authorities to complicate matters.”

Following the success of the final, the InterContinental Hotels Group, who hosted the Manchester United team in Moscow, is appealing to Russian authorities to relax entry visa restrictions to help boost tourism to the country.

Chief executive Robin Wicks said: “Russia’s current visa process is simply far too slow and is seriously hampering the emerging tourist trade. By adopting similar measures to those used for the Manchester United and Chelsea fans, the volume of tourism traffic could dramatically rise.”

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