Tourists arrive

In the first nine months of this year, Russia visited by more than 19.1 million foreign citizens, which is 12% more than the same period last year, according to the website Rostourism based on data obtained from the Federal State Statistics Service, and the Federal Border Service of the Russian Federation.


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The country nationals visited 216 countries. Of the total of 7.1 million trips were made by citizens of CIS countries and 12.1 million — the residents of foreign countries.

The flow of foreigners has increased mainly due to Chinese citizens: the first 9 months of this year, Russia was attended by almost 196 thousand Chinese, which is 53% more than in the first 9 months of 2010. In addition, a 43% increase in the flow of Russian Turkish citizens.

In addition, a 16% increase in the number of Spanish tourists, 4% — of Americans, 1% — the Italians and the French. Approximately at the same level compared to the first 9 months of 2010 the number of registered Finnish (about 110 thousand) and German (nearly 307 million) tourists. At the same time significantly decreased the number of British tourists (24%) and Japan (10%).

Of the total number of foreign nationals who have entered the Russian, only 1.97 million people visited Russia as a tourist, which is 9% more than in January-September 2010. Thus, only 10% arrived in the Russian Federation of foreign citizens were tourists.

Travel to Russia is gradually becoming more attractive for foreigners in recent years this growth was not — say officials and experts.

Thus, in 2010 the Russian Federation adopted the 2.1 million foreign tourists, which was only 1.6% more than in 2009. Total in Russia last year was attended by around 22.3 million foreign citizens from 224 countries, which is 4.4% more than in 2009.

Increase the number of trips to Russia contributed to the simplification and a reduction in price of their value due to the emergence of budget hotels and hostels, as well as announcements about renting apartments and rooms on the websites of the world’s leading specialized online services. For example, the site airbnb.com can find and book a room or apartment in central Moscow for a few days for 60-70 dollars a day. A similar Russian portal TravelRent.com, where the ads should be even more recently has earned — this fall.

At the leading hotel booking website booking.com anyone can for 2-5 minutes to book yourself a room in a hostel or hotel not expensive — up to $ 1000.

"For the first 9 months of this year, Moscow has 3,411,000 foreigners, — said the head of the Committee for Tourism and Hospitality Management Capital Sergei studs. The growth was thus more than 11%. According to officials, foreigners are waiting in the capital of 92 thousand hotel rooms in hotels of all categories from 5 * to hostels. 9.2% of the capital stock of hotel — it’s 5 * hotels — 25.6%, "four", 32.2% — "three rubles", while 33% are accounted for mini-hotels. Compared to last year Loading capital hotels increased by 8%.

"Now we are trying to manually create new programs and expand its product line, trying to collect suggestions that a tourist who arrives in Moscow, could assemble as a designer" Lego "- said studs. According to him, the newly created pool of tour operators on inbound tourism in Moscow, offers programs for 3 days and two nights cost 4,500 rubles. This amount includes accommodation in a 3 * hotel, breakfast, sightseeing, transportation program, soprozhdenie group.

In the future, according to the Tourism Committee of Moscow, the capital will work to create a comfortable transport infrastructure. For example, to open six new bus stations provide direct traffic between airports, increase transportation by rail from 30.5 million to 40 million people a year, and the high-speed train "Peregrine Falcon" will be sent from Moscow, except Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod, even in the Yaroslavl, Saratov, Samara, Minsk and Kiev.

Catherine Shokhina

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