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Less Russians Travel Abroad
June 26, 2014 09:51


The number of Russian tourists who went abroad in the first quarter of 2014 decreased by 4% compared to the same period in 2013 and reached 3.2 million people. This was stated in the materials of Rosturism with the reference to preliminary data of Rosstat.

The Rosturizm spokesperson Irina Schegolkova explained that such a decrease could be caused by the fact that during this period many Russians shifted to domestic tourism. In particular, they preferred to attend the Olympic Games in Sochi. "This slight reduction in the first three months of 2014 is not very significant, as the entire holiday season is yet to come", she added. The first and second places in the top of the countries most visited by Russian tourists - same as a year earlier - are occupied by Egypt and Thailand respectively. At the same time, the number of tourists who visited Egypt dropped by 6% to 542 thousand people, but number of tourists to Thailand grew by 8% to 409.4 thousand people.

In this rating UAE climbed from fifth to third place. In the first quarter 215.6 thousand Russians went for holidays to this country, although the number of tourists decreased by 1.1%. Fourth place goes to Germany, which was on sixth place in the first quarter of 2013. It was chosen by 202.2 thousand tourists from Russia, which is slightly less than last year (0.4%).

Top-five is closed by China, where 165.1 thousand Russians did their holidays, which is 27% lower than in the first quarter of 2013. Finland, which in the first quarter of 2013 was among the five most popular countries among Russian tourists, dropped to thirteenth position in the reported period. It was visited by only 81.8 thousand Russian holidaymakers against 259.1 thousand in the previous year (a decrease of 3.2 times).

The top ten of the first quarter of 2014 also includes Italy (1.6% decrease), Spain (14% increase), Turkey (6% increase), Czech Republic (7% increase) and India (11% increase). The tourist flow to Russia expands. Meanwhile, the number of foreign tourists, who visited Russia in the first quarter of 2014 increased by 4% compared to the same period of 2013 reaching 257.3 thousand people. This was stated in the materials of Rosturism with the reference to preliminary data of Rosstat. For the reported period, same as in the previous year, Russia was visited mostly by tourists from China: 32.1 thousand people.

The tourist flow grew by 5.1%. On second position are tourists from Turkey: 25 thousand people, and on the third are German tourists: 19 thousand people. In the first quarter of 2013 on this indicator Turkey ranked third, and Germany the second. At the same time the number of visitors from Turkey to Russia increased by 5.4% for the reported period, while from Germany fell by 20%. Same as a year before, Israel took fourth place. The number of Israelis, who did holidays in Russia, increased in the first quarter of 2014 by 2.5% to 14.5 thousand people. Italy, which in the first quarter of 2013 was on sixth place, closed the top five.

Russia was visited by 11.8 thousand tourists from this country, which is 5% lower than a year earlier. France, which a year ago was among five, dropped to eighth place. 11.1 thousand Frenchmen vacationed in Russia, which is 11.5% less than in the first quarter of 2013. The top ten includes the U.S., the UK and Ukraine, which are on sixth, ninth and tenth positions respectively. In addition, the seventh place in the ranking is taken by South Korea, which last year was twelfth. Last year, the top ten also included Finland, which in the first quarter of 2014 dropped to thirteenth place. 

Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: Russian tourists     

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