More Russian tourists abroad in first quarter of 2013

Outbound tourism in Russia grew 19 percent year-on-year to over 3.3 million in the first quarter of 2013, the Federal Tourism Agency website reported on Monday, referring to tentative data from Rosstat.

Outbound tourism in Russia grew 19 percent year-on-year to over 3.3 million in the first quarter of 2013, the Federal Tourism Agency website reported on Monday, referring to tentative data from Rosstat.

The most popular tourist destinations were Egypt (575,300 Russian tourists), Thailand (379,800), Finland (259,000), China (227,600), the United Arab Emirates (218,000) and Germany (202,900).

Russian tourist arrival grew by 72 percent in Japan (7,600), 51 percent in Jordan (3,370), 48 percent in Greece (14,100) and the United States (38,700), 46 percent in Malta (2,000), and 45 percent in South Korea (30,000).

The total number of Russians who traveled abroad in the first quarter of this year stood at 9.523 million or 15 percent more year-on-year. The number of official trips dropped by 22 percent (234,600).

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