A study commissioned by dating agency Anastasia International has found that romance tours attended by western men in hopes of finding a bride in Russia and CIS are highly effective.
Organized romance tours take men from behind their computers on excursions through Russia and Ukraine with the object of connecting them with ladies in search of amour and possibly marriage.
The Public Relations Department at Anastasia interviewed 1,697 Western clients who had attended at least one of their romance tours between 2002 and 2009, and discovered a significant percentage not only found a lasting relationship, but an enduring marriage.
Results showed a whopping 18.9%, nearly 1 in 5 of those interviewed, were now either married (13%) or in what qualifies as a lasting relationship (5.9%) with a Russian or Ukrainian woman they met on an Anastasia romance tour.
A small percentage of those surveyed became engaged but broke it off (2.3%). However, 322 of them (19%) found their sojourn so sweet as to prompt them to take part in several Anastasia romance tours, says the agency.
It says 30% of all participants rated their excursion from “fun” and “well run” to “the best trip of my life”.
The new survey, according to Anastasia, complements a report from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) which found that international dating portals are responsible for “4,000 to 6,000 marriages” per year.
It states “…marriages arranged through these services would appear to have a lower divorce rate than the nation as a whole, fully 80 percent of these marriages having lasted over the years for which reports are available.”
This is in comparison to the U.S. divorce rate which has hovered around 50-56% over the past few years.
Although internet dating is the 3rd largest online revenue generator, the sector produces scant statistics to qualify its success, says Anastasia. With this study, Anastasia aims to quantify and qualify the benefits of international online dating and romance tours.
Founded in 1993, Anastasia is a leading international introduction and romance tour company.