As reported at the National Tourism Office of Germany, according to the results of 2017, visa centers of German Embassy noted 16% increase (against 2016) of the number of applications for a tourist Schengen visa. In 2017 in Moscow 194 thousand applications were processed, in Kaliningrad - 28 thousand and in St. Petersburg - 20 thousand. More than 37% of issued visas are long-term, for a year and more.
It is noted that the flow of organized tourists to Germany also increased, but the growth rates are much lower than the general ones. According to "Sletat.ru" - online flights aggregator, for whole 2017 year the organized demand for Germany grew by 2% in comparison with 2016.
"Individual tourism dominates on the German direction. The developed infrastructure of the country and its regions makes it possible to plan independent travel without problems", - says the representative of PAC Group tour operator.
In 2017 approximately 30% of applications at visa centers of German embassy were issued for visiting relatives and friends, 40% of all travelers to Germany needed tourist visas, 22% of travelers had business and 6% - medical goals.