Yesterday Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin inspected preparations for the XXVII Summer World University Games to come to the Kazan in the Republic of Tatarstan. According to news from the president’s office, Kazan Arena and the Water Sports Palace there will soon become the latest focal points of a Russian surge to regain a sort of sports dominance.
The Russian Federation faces some big challenges ahead. Not the least of these is transforming the country’s travel and tourism industry to be on a par with other developed nations. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and some of his deputies seem tasked more with spurring an inept bureaucracy than tackling infrastructure problems. Roads can be built, but incompetence seems to last forever.
2010 travel figures indicate a fairly significant increase in travel outbound from London. But more significantly, inbound travel to Eastern Europe shows phenomenal growth considering the world economic situation. Will emerging Europe out pace the rest of the world in tourism? So far this year, all things considered, it certainly appears so.