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Sochi Ready for Tourists After Games End

Published: February 25, 2014 (Issue # 1798)



  • People enjoying the sun in Sochi, where the Winter Paralympics will be held next month.
    Photo: For SPT

With the end of the Olympics, the number of volunteers and Russian sports fans in Sochi has fallen, but crowds of foreign visitors still flooded Sochi on Monday, making the city look like more of an international tourist destination than it was during the Games.

While considerably more people can now be seen in Sochi cafes and streets, the most popular place is still the official Olympics shop, with people having to wait in line for more than an hour just to get inside.

Many foreign visitors decided to stay in the city after the Games to break out of the Olympic bubble they had been living in during the Games. They ventured into central Sochi from Adler, where the Olympic Park is, and Krasnaya Polyana, where the ski resorts are located.

Related: Elegant Ceremony Brings Winter Olympics to a Close in Sochi

"I decided to stay in Sochi three more days after the ames to explore the city itself," said Kerry James, 41, an investment advisor from Canada.

"All the Olympic events were in clusters, so I did not have a chance to see Sochi before," he said while standing in line for the Olympic store, adding that he had stayed in Adler during the Games.

People who came to work at the Games also got a chance to explore Sochi after the end of the Olympics.

"I have been in Sochi from the beginning of the Games but this is my first time in the city itself. I had not even been to Adler until Saturday night, since my schedule during the games was very tough. The city looks lovely, I finally got a chance to see it," said Ed Willes, a journalist with Canadian news agency Postmedia News.

Related: Sochi Risks Fumbling its Olympic Tourism Opportunity

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