The number of Russian tourists in French Alsace has increased
“In the past two years the Russians have traveled more often to French region of Alsace. In 2017 the tourist flow grew by 68%, in the first half of 2018 - by 6%”, - said the French Ambassador to Russia Sylvie Bermann. "Last year the number of Russian tourists visited the region increased by 68%. It connects with active promotion of the region in Russia by tour operators and regional tourism committee, Now the region has become an important direction for Russian tourists in France", - she said. S.Bermann reminded that Alsace is in the "heart of Europe", and its capital Strasbourg is also the capital of the European Union. "This is one of the most interesting tourist regions in France, combining majestic architecture, beautiful nature and traditional gastronomy. We know with what great curiosity Russian tourists are interested in culture and history", - she said. The Vice-President of the Agency of economic attractiveness of Alsace Marie-Ren Fisher added that in 2017 the region hosted 21.5 million foreign tourists, who spent about 30 million nights there. Russian tourists during the same period spent 38 thousand nights, which is 68% more than a year earlier. From January to July 2018 Russians spent 22,000 nights in Alsace hotels, which is 6% more than in the same period of 2017. Most often Russian tourists visit three largest cities of the region - Strasbourg, Colmar and Milous, or make tours along the old wine road, which connects more than 400 wineries and cellars. Especially Alsace is attractive for foreign tourists during the Christmas season, since Strasbourg is considered as the Christmas capital of France, at this time there are about hundred fairs, and the central square is decorated with the largest tree in Europe.