The head of Russia’s tourism agency, Oleg Safonov told reporters of increased sales volume for Sochi vacations were up over the previous year, and that overall occupancy spiked to 80%. Sochi was visited by some 6 million grouists last year. Mr. Safonov said the demand for Sochi rooms went up largely because of the Formula 1, and other premier events.
The next few months hold great promise for the tourist scene in Russia, with numerous events to look forward to as the year progresses. Among the highlights of these will be the long-awaited completion of facilities in Sochi ahead of Winter Olympics 2014, the Year of Chinese Tourism in Russia, and the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan.
Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts has announced a further addition to its portfolio of Russian hotels, following the signing of a management contract for a luxury hotel in the Gorky-Gorod mountain resort in Sochi.