Federal Tourism Agency: Internal tourism in Russia up 40 percent in 2014

Internal tourism in Russia was up 30-40 percent in 2014, according to Federal Tourism Agency Oleg Safonov.

Internal tourism in Russia was up 30-40 percent in 2014, according to Federal Tourism Agency Oleg Safonov.

"As far as we know, internal tourism in Russia was up 30 percent to 40 percent," Safonov said at a tourism forum, South Russia 2015, in Yalta on Tuesday.

He said the data was based on estimates by tourism industry experts.

Safonov added that outbound tourism had shrunk significantly.

"Turkey, Egypt and Greece - there has been no decline for these destinations, rather they have seen a minor growth. Yet the scale of trips to Europe has lessened considerably, there has been a decline in trips to some formerly popular countries. The reason is clear: these countries have become more expensive for our citizens," Safonov said.

At the same time, the number of foreign tourists visiting Russia grew in late 2014, the agency head remarked.

"Chinese tourists, tourists from Finland and other neighboring countries started visiting us very actively in the end of last year. The ruble fell to the dollar and the euro and travels to our country became less expensive for foreign tourists," Safonov said.

 

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