The number of abroad trips of Russians increased by 30% for the first six months of 2017
“The number of trips made by Russian citizens abroad from January to June 2017 increased by 30% - up to 17.1 million”, - reported the Press-secretary of the Russian Tourist Industry Union (RCT) Irina Turina with reference to Rosstat data.
The list of TOP 5 of the most popular destinations for Russians includes Abkhazia, Turkey, Finland, Kazakhstan and Ukraine. Meanwhile, the tourist flow to Abkhazia increased from 1.54 to 1.67 million (plus 8%), to Turkey - 10 times, from 168 thousand to 1.63 million. On the third place is Finland, the tourist flow there grew by 18%, from 1.26 million to 1.54 trips.
In the second TOP 5 most of popular destinations are China (947 thousand), Estonia (817 thousand), Poland (589 thousand), Thailand (576 thousand) and Germany (570 thousand). In the second TOP 5 the most noticeable growth have China (+33%) and Germany (+22%).
The second 10 included - Italy, Spain, Georgia, United Arab Emirates, Cyprus, Azerbaijan, Greece, Lithuania, Vietnam, Czech Republic. Here the most increase we note to Czech Republic - + 56%, 237 thousand tourists, Vietnam - +50%, 265 thousand tourists, UAE - +49%, 358 thousand, Italy - +33%, 415 thousand, Georgia - +29%, 383 thousand.
France took the 21-st line of the rating, hosted 220 thousand Russians in the first half of the year (plus 27%). Not a bad increase has UK - plus 22%, 121 thousand.
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.