Twelve Times More People Planning to Visit Russia This Year

Twelve Times More People Planning to Visit Russia This Year

 

100 Days left before the 2018 World Cup

Only 100 Days left before the 2018 World Cup Russia

 

Foreign tourists’ interest in flights to Russia has increased by 65% in the first half of 2018 compared to last year. But when it comes for the period of the 2018 World Cup, experts detected a twelvefold rise in demand, according to the international tourist resource momondo.ru

According to the service, the most active fans were residents of Germany (the leap in demand up to 14%). The second place in the top is taken by Americans – even though their team did not qualify for the tournament. The demand for air tickets among the US residents grew by 480%. This is the first time when the residents of this country are ahead of Germany in that matter.

In the top 5 ‘countries – visitors’ list, you can find Denmark, Sweden and Italy: the increase by 77%, 70% and 17%, respectively. Nationals of these countries are also planning to visit Russia in the first half of 2018. A notable change in the ranking of the 2018 top 10 ‘countries – visitors’ list in comparison with last year was Sweden and Australia got on the list. Spain and France, on the contrary, this year did not enter the top 10 list. Multiple growth of interest in trips to Russia was recorded from Latin America: Argentina, Morocco, Egypt, Peru and Colombia.

“We see a particularly dramatic growth in demand in countries whose nationals were previously not interested in trips to Russia,” said Irina Ryabovol, momondo.ru representative in Russia. “But when the participation of their football teams in the event was confirmed, they began actively looking for the tickets to our country , So the interest among Moroccan citizens has grown thirteenfold, fans from Peru induced almost tenfold increase, and the fans of Egypt – fivefold, we also see a significant rise among the people of Colombia (586%). ”

Among the cities -hosts of the World Cup, the leaders are Moscow, St. Petersburg and Sochi. The last has demonstrated growth of more than 48 times. However, the absolute record breaker is Saransk, where growth was recorded more than 200 times. But, usually, foreign tourists show little interest in this provincial city.

At the same time, the prices for flights to Moscow from abroad has increased by 24%, but remained the same from the cities of Russia. From Moscow, cheaper fans can fly to St. Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod – the average cost of a return ticket is 8,800 rubles ($154) and 7,500 rubles ($132) , respectively. Air fares in all other cities of the championship fluctuate around 10,000-15,000 rubles ($220) . The exception is Saransk, the flight to which costs about 30,000 rubles ($526).

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