Costs of foreign tourists in Russia for the first eight months of 2012 rose by 16%, according to the report of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
Thus, Russia was in eighth place on the growth of income from tourism in the world. Most of all tourism revenues rose in Japan (48%), Sweden (26%), South Africa (26%), the Republic of Korea (26%), India (23%), Hong Kong (17%) , Thailand (17%) and Russia (+16%).
These figures correspond to those declared by the Federal Tourism Agency. A month ago, head of the Federal Tourism Agency, Alexander Radkov in an interview, "the Newspaper" talked about the growth of the number of arrivals of foreign tourists to the country in the summer: in some areas the average increase was 20%. "Basically, it’s the tourists from Germany, the UK, France, shows a large increase in China. This year we have held a lot of activities in the Russian Year of Tourism in China. We are conducting an active campaign to promote tourism opportunities in Russia, — the head of the tourist office. — Also, the positive dynamics of the entry of aliens show in Asia, the Middle East, Japan. Increased the number of Turkish tourists, largely due to the abolition of visas in the past year. "
On the growth of spending on travel Russian citizens in fifth place with an increase of 15%. Most of all tourism expenditure increased Chinese citizens — 30%, Poland — 22%, Malaysia — 18%, Argentina — 16%.
In the period from January to August 2012 UNWTO recorded 705 million international tourist arrivals — it is 4% more than in the same period last year. In 2011, the number of tourist trips in the world was 990 million revenues from international tourism, including from passenger services reached $ 1.2 trillion, or 6% of world exports of goods and services. In the UNWTO expects that growth in tourist arrivals in 2012 will be 4.3% and the number of travelers could reach 1 billion people in 2012.
"Given the current economic uncertainty, tourism remains one of the few sectors of the economy, which continues to grow, — the Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization Taleb Rifai. — Tourism helps the economic growth of developing and developed countries and allows you to create much-needed jobs. "