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07/26/1996

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St. Tropez Is Just Passe for Elite Russian Vacationers

Summer holiday season is upon us, and a new set of difficult decisions are looming in the busy lives of New Russians. Will it be the Cote d'Azure this year? Or the Seychelles? Is Florida very pass?? Isn't the Caribbean so discovered? The wealthy elite of Russia have a bewildering choice of exclusive destinations ahead of them. ""Our clients are looking for something more exotic and interesting than two years ago,"" said Olga Srolova, director of World Adventures, a travel company specializing in expensive holidays. ""Once, everyone just wanted to go to Antalya [in Turkey], but now they want to rent yachts on the Caribbean, castles in France, go on the Eastern Orient Express from Singapore to Thailand, travel around Mexico in a Rolls Royce, that kind of thing."" New Russians first began hitting the exclusive resorts of Europe five years ago; since then, the trickle has turned into a flood as high-rolling biznismeni rush to spend their hard-earned wads of dollars by the Mediterranean.

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