Russian Travel Digest

RST: in 2017 the flow of Russian tourists abroad increased by 30% and decreased by 4% in Crimea

“According to the end of September, the out coming tourist flow from Russia increased by 30% in comparison with the same period of the last year, Crimea - "lost" 4%”, - said the Chairman of the Committee of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Russia, Vice-president of the Russian Union of Travel Industry (RST) Yuri Barzykin.

"The Crimea authorities connect it with Turkey, the exchange rate, cold June-May. But it is the fact, that until May the prices for contracts there were high. At this time the Black Sea coast (Krasnodar Krai - IF) gave us a "plus" tourist flow”, - commented the situation Y. Barzykin.

He stressed that Crimea has always been considered as a budget destination for recreation. In addition, the region has not yet been able to establish proper interaction with tour operators. In his opinion, the situation may improve the appearance of the bridge and a proper infrastructure.

In general, in 2017 in Russia there is an increase by 10-13% of tourist flow. This season among foreign destinations Turkey, Greece and Cyprus had a special popularity for the Russian tourists.