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Travel and tourism in Russia - statistics & facts

As an emerging market and the largest country in the world, spanning two continents, Russia is a particularly intriguing market for the global travel and tourism industry. Approximately 6.4 million international tourists visited Russia in 2020, as the country closed borders with most countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Russia’s revenue in the travel and tourism segment was forecast at 6.79 billion U.S. dollars in 2020, ranking fourth among the BRIC countries. After hosting the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi and the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia increased its popularity among foreign travelers. Therefore, the travel and tourism share in the GDP reached nearly five percent prior to the pandemic. In 2020, it was forecast at 2.37 percent.

COVID-19 impact on Russian tourism

The travel and tourism industry was among the most suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic. First, Russia closed the border with China in January 2020, which negatively impacted inbound tourist flows. After the disease started to spread in Russia, international flights were suspended, and they were resumed only with several countries from the summer of 2020. Thus, the majority of Russians spent their vacations in the country. The Krasnodar Krai on the Black Sea was the most popular summer travel destination in 2020. Other attractive tourist spots included the Republic of Crimea annexed in 2014, the two largest cities Moscow and Saint Petersburg, the Caucasian Mineral Waters for medical tourism, and the Lake Baikal for environmental tourism. Among international destinations, Turkey maintained its leading position, as over two million Russians visited it with tourism purposes.

Russian travel projections for 2021

Among Russians who planned to travel in 2021, 80 percent had a beach holiday in mind. Prior to the summer vacation season of 2021, Russia opened its borders with popular destinations like Cuba, Egypt, Greece, Maldives, the United Arab Emirates, or Sri Lanka. At the same time, due to risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, travel to Turkey and Tanzania was temporarily suspended. Speaking about the period after the pandemic, one half of Russian tourism industry experts believed that health and wellness tourism would be the fastest-recovering segment. Furthermore, inbound tourist expenditures in Russia were forecast to increase gradually in the coming years, reaching nearly 9.6 million U.S. dollars in 2021.

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Travel and tourism in Russia - statistics & facts

As an emerging market and the largest country in the world, spanning two continents, Russia is a particularly intriguing market for the global travel and tourism industry. Approximately 6.4 million international tourists visited Russia in 2020, as the country closed borders with most countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Russia’s revenue in the travel and tourism segment was forecast at 6.79 billion U.S. dollars in 2020, ranking fourth among the BRIC countries. After hosting the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi and the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia increased its popularity among foreign travelers. Therefore, the travel and tourism share in the GDP reached nearly five percent prior to the pandemic. In 2020, it was forecast at 2.37 percent.

COVID-19 impact on Russian tourism

The travel and tourism industry was among the most suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic. First, Russia closed the border with China in January 2020, which negatively impacted inbound tourist flows. After the disease started to spread in Russia, international flights were suspended, and they were resumed only with several countries from the summer of 2020. Thus, the majority of Russians spent their vacations in the country. The Krasnodar Krai on the Black Sea was the most popular summer travel destination in 2020. Other attractive tourist spots included the Republic of Crimea annexed in 2014, the two largest cities Moscow and Saint Petersburg, the Caucasian Mineral Waters for medical tourism, and the Lake Baikal for environmental tourism. Among international destinations, Turkey maintained its leading position, as over two million Russians visited it with tourism purposes.

Russian travel projections for 2021

Among Russians who planned to travel in 2021, 80 percent had a beach holiday in mind. Prior to the summer vacation season of 2021, Russia opened its borders with popular destinations like Cuba, Egypt, Greece, Maldives, the United Arab Emirates, or Sri Lanka. At the same time, due to risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, travel to Turkey and Tanzania was temporarily suspended. Speaking about the period after the pandemic, one half of Russian tourism industry experts believed that health and wellness tourism would be the fastest-recovering segment. Furthermore, inbound tourist expenditures in Russia were forecast to increase gradually in the coming years, reaching nearly 9.6 million U.S. dollars in 2021.

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