Russia: International Travel Market Down 22%

UrBC, Moscow, June 29, 2016. The number of Russians traveling abroad declined by 22% in the first quarter of 2016 compared with the start of the year, that is, down to 1.479m people, Interfax refers to the Russian Tourist Industry Union as reporting.

‘This is quite a decrease, but it is still only half as big as last year’s, when the tourist traffic dropped by 40.3% in the first quarter of 2015, down to 1,899m people. This is the third year in a row that the tourist numbers keep decreasing. In the first quarter of 2014, the decrease was 4%,’ says the Union’s press secretary Irina Tyurina.

Neither Turkey nor Egypt were among the ten most popular countries this year: Egypt came to be replaced by Thailand, where the tourist traffic from Russia rose by 28% compared to one year earlier (up to 236,900 people), followed by Germany (108,500 people) and the United Arab Emirates (104,900 people).

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