Expected impact of novel coronavirus (2019-nCon) on Russian tourism in 2020

The Russian tourism industry was projected to lose under 100 million U.S. dollars due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in China in January 2020. According to the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR), approximately 45 thousand organized tourists from China were expected to travel to Russia in February 2020. Due to the infection spread, Russia closed its Far Eastern border with China, resulting in suspension of tours purchased by Chinese travelers.

Key figures on the impact of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) on Russian inbound tourism from China in 1st quarter 2020*

Key figures
Expected loss from suspended tours of Chinese tourists in Q1 2020
(in 1,000 U.S. dollars)**
100,000
Expected number of organized tourists from China in February 202045,000
Expected number of organized tourists from China in March 202050,000
Number of Chinese tourists whose tours were blocked as of January 28, 20209,000
Number of organized tourists from China who visited Russia in Q1 2019120,000
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Source

Release date

January 2020

Region

Russia

Survey time period

January 2020

Supplementary notes

* The figures refer only to organized tours on the legal tourism market.

** Including losses of airline companies, tour operators, hotels, and catering businesses. The association estimated a loss of 40 to 45 million U.S. dollars in February 2020 and 45 to 50 million U.S. dollars in March 2020.

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