The flow of tourists to Russia from abroad in 2011 rose by 9.5 percent, which was the best performance since 1999. On it informs "Interfax" referring to the data of the Russian Union of Travel Industry. Total foreign tourists have made in Russia 2 million 336,000 trips.
Rosstat data support the thesis that the entry flow into our country is increasing, mainly due to Asia. More specifically, China, revealed last year, the biggest increase — 48%. In the top ten entering this country reached the second position, relegating the U.S. to third. Overall, the top ten remained unchanged, except for a pair of permutations inside.
In second place on the dynamics — Israel (28.6%). The top five for this indicator also includes Sweden (24%), Australia (17%), Spain (16.3%). The following three countries — Canada, South Korea, Switzerland — showed an increase of about 10%, and the next — 8% or less.
Earlier, Federal State Statistics Service reported that the leader in the number of tourists coming to Russia, still remains Germany (almost 347,000 people), the second place belongs to China (234,000), and the third — the United States, nearly 170,000.