The Border Service of Russia released the final data on the departure of Russian citizens abroad in 2019. Last year, the total exit flow increased by 7,9% compared to 2018 or by 3,5 million trips.
In 2019, Russian citizens made 22 333 490 trips (or 46,5% of the total exit flow) in countries of “far abroad”, which do not have (or almost do not have) land borders with Russia. This is 9,72% more than in 2018.
The TOP-10 leading countries together account for 71,7% of the total tourist flow to non-CIS countries which are not bordering Russia. Turkey is the leader with share of 31,3%.
Among the leading ten countries, in 2019, the largest increase in the volume of Russian tourist flow compared to 2018 was demonstrated by Turkey (+ 18,5%) and Italy (+ 16,7%). Also, the following countries showed tangible increase in volumes - Vietnam (+ 7,65%), Tunisia (+ 6,37%), Spain (+ 4,72%), Cyprus (+ 3,91%) and the United Arab Emirates (+3). A slight increase was shown by Germany (+ 1,5%) and Thailand (+ 0,6%). According to the results of 2019, only Greece (-7.3%) demonstrated negative result of 2019.
Outside the leading ten countries, the TOP-20 of the key exit markets of Russia includes:
France (579 307 trips, growth is + 12,35% by 2018),
Yury Mishchenko, graduated from Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, has more than 15 years experience in tourism and travel. Working both in tour operator company as destination manager, and in travel agency as sales manager, he is focused on analysis of Russian tour operators’ daily routine. Recently, Yury works in Baginet Marketing and Sales Agency.