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Russia experiences tourism boom as arrivals surge 20% in 2019
Tourist arrivals to Russia have surged by 20,5% in 2019. Country-specific figures showed increasing tourist arrivals in Russia from all continents except Latin America. The top five countries where tourists came from remained unchanged since 2018.
Russian regions to showcase tourism potential at Belgrade Fair
The tourist potential of Russian regions will be presented 42nd International Belgrade Tourism Fair, scheduled for February 20-23.
Virus fallout hits Lake Baikal as Chinese tourists stay away
The fallout from the coronavirus has left the resort's hotels largely empty. Winter is high season for tourism around Lake Baikal in Siberia, but the coronavirus outbreak has curtailed its main source of income - Chinese holidaymakers.
Russia to offer simplified e-visas to 53 countries, snubs U.S. and Britain
Citizens of 53 countries will be able to apply for simplified, low-cost electronic visas to visit Russia starting next year.
Cruise line to offer Northern Sea route cruises from 2021
A Russian cruise line has will offer trips along the Northern Sea route, a vast strip of the ocean in the Arctic Circle which has become navigable in recent years due to global warming.
Coronavirus outbreak forces Russia to cancel North Korea railway lines
State-run operator Russian Railways has suspended passenger traffic between Russia and North Korea because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Wizz Air will launch flights to St. Petersburg from Bratislava, Vilnius, Bucharest and Sofia
Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air plans to launch new flights from St. Petersburg Pulkovo airport in 2020.
Russia puts Chinese tourists groups on hold amid virus outbreak
Russian tour operators have put group tours from China on hold as the country is fighting the outbreak of the coronavirus. The travel ban for Chinese tourists may reduce tourist flow from China in the first quarter of 2020 by some 70-80%.
Foreigners' interest in traveling to Russia for the New Year holidays grew by a third in 2019
The number of requests of foreign tourists to travel to Russia for the New Year's holidays increased by 31% in 2019. Most foreign tourists looked for tickets for the New Year holidays in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Moscow is included among World’s ‘Best Cities’ in new ranking
The Russian capital, which last year was the top-hashtagged city on Instagram, has been named the world’s fifth-best metropolis in a ranking of 100 major cities by Resonance Consultancy.
Wyndham announces plan to open 15 new hotels in Russia and neighboring countries
U.S.-based international hotel and resort chain Wyndham plans to open 15 new hotels in Russia and neighboring countries within the next two years.
How will the tourism market in Russia change in 2020
Outbound tourism will generally show relatively light growth in 2020. The most noticeable increase will be in classical mass tourism segment.
Far East region’s tourism potential is enormous
Russia’s Sakhalin and Kuril Island are already a popular tourist destination, with modern ski resorts complementing their unique and pristine nature.
Far East Development Fund considers medical tourism programs
The regions of Russia’s Far East could propose establishing medical tourism programs to lure in visitors from Asian countries.
ATOR: organized tourist flow to Russia grew by 20% in 2019
Organized inbound tourist flow to Russia grew by 20% at the end of 2019. The increase occurred, including due to the expansion of the season and the introduction of an electronic visa.
Russia is in TOP-20 destinations for Chinese travellers
Trip.com Group and UnionPay International, have jointly published the “2019 Chinese Outbound Travel Consumption Report”. The report, combining big data derived from outbound travel product orders and overseas bank card transactions by Chinese nationals provides insights into the cross-border travel consumption trends of Chinese travellers. According to the statistics from the State Administration of Foreign Exchange, Chinese nationals made more outbound travel expenditures than travellers from any other country, with total consumption reaching US$ 127.5 billion. January — November 2019 Travel Report, top 20 destinations for Chinese travellers are: Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, USA, Cambodia, Philippines, Russia, Australia, Italy, UAE, Turkey, France, UK,Myanmar, Maldives, Germany, and New Zealand.
Moscow stand is one of the Very Best Stands Recognized at WTM 2019
The most imaginative and eye-catching stands at 40th WTM London have been announced, with Moscow, Brazil, Cape Town and Indonesia among the winners. The winner of the ‘Best Stand Design’ award was Moscow City Tourism Committee, which was praised for its “bright colorful use of glass panels and use of virtual reality”.
Intourist apologized to its agents
24.09.2019 Intourist Russian tour operator gathered its agents from St. Petersburg on the closed seminar. The TO representative apologized for the negative informational situation connected with Thomas Cook bankruptcy. The seminar was arranged to calm the agents and to confirm all the declared plans of Intourist for winter season.
23 UNWTO general assembly was held in Russia
The world’s main tourist event –World Tourism Organization General Assembly was held during 09-13 September in Russia this year and tourism ministers and officials all over the world took part in it. There were 2150 participants from the travel industry from 138 countries in Saint-Petersburg.
Thai players do not agree with official statistics of decreasing tourist flow from Russia
Thai players do not agree with statistics, according to which the number of tourists traveling to Thailand is declining. In particular, basing on the estimates of the Thai tourism office, in the first six months of this year, the number of tourists from Russia decreased by 3%, but the Kingdom hopes to host 1,5 million people, as last years.
Sletat gathered more than 100 travel agents on annual party in Saint-Petersburg
Saint Petersburg the traditional annual party of Sletat.ru travel agencies took place. Sletat.ru held a huge costume ball in honor of upcoming 5 year anniversary of the franchises. More than 100 heads of offices, key partners and Management of Sletat.ru were brought together in «Palma» Mansion of the Society, an ancient building in the heart of Northern capital of Russia.
The new airport Gagarin in Saratov has took its first flight
August,18 the first test passengers flight was fulfilled to the new airport is Saratov. That is the way to celebrate the Civil Aviation Day for Victor Vekselberg –the owner of “Regional airports” holding, who was onboard. His company was constructing the airport. Among other passengers there were: Vyacheslav Volodin –Russia State Duma chairman, born in Saratov region, Transport Ministry and Rosaviation officials, State Corporation for air traffic organization employees and many other public people having connections with the city. This flight was fulfilled by Pobeda air company. Andrey Kalmykov the air company director was the flight attendant onboard. He has the license for that job.