“The number of abroad tourist trips in Russia grew by 54% for 9 months of 2017 and amounted 11.6 million”, - reported the Press secretary of the Russian Tourist Industry Union (RCT) Irina Turina with reference to data of the Border Guard Service of Russian Federation.
According to her, during the last four years the positive dynamics appeared today for the first time. Since 2013 the dynamics has been declining. So, for 9 months of 2016 this indicator fell by 24.4%.
As the RCT spokeswoman said, Turkey made the significant breakthrough for 9 months of this year, rising from the tenth line to the first. With the purpose of tourism the Russians made about 3 million trips to the country for 9 months of 2017, which is 1025% more than in the same period in 2016. On the second line is Spain - it was visited by 657 thousand tourists, which is 16% more than in the same period of the last year. On the third place is China - the number of Russian tourists, who visited the country for 9 months of 2017, was 655 thousand people, that is - 43% more. On the fourth line is Greece - in January-September this year the number of Russians who visited the country grew by 6% and amounted 641 thousand people. Cyprus is on the fifth place with 560 thousand Russians (+ 3.5%).
The highest growth was shown by Cuba (151%), Dominican Republic (100%), Georgia (74%) and Japan (67%).
Only two directions from the TOP 10 showed a negative result after the returning of Turkey - Tunisia (minus 22%) and Bulgaria (minus 13%).
The total number of Russian tourists abroad increased by 12% for 9 months and amounted 32.7 million trips. Last year, during this period, there was a decrease of 11.5%.