This week Moscow hotel “Radisson Slavyanskaya” held an event for the travel agencies and the media, and organized a new office for the promotion of tourism in Tokyo, for Russia under the motto “In Tokyo. A Meeting of Old and New.
According to research conducted by the analytical center NAFI, every third Russian will travel abroad, and half of Russians will travel in-country in 2018
The head of Russia’s Federal Tourism Agency, Oleg Safonov says Greece may became the leader in bookings from Russians, by the end of 2016. According to Safonov, the flow of tourist from Russia to Greece may exceed 1 million before year’s end.
Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed last week the situation with regard to Russian tourists once again visiting Egyptian and Turkish resorts. Mr. Putin spoke in an annual Q&A session before the Russian people, saying no good solution has been found for ensuring security of Russian tourists in Egypt.
Airbnb has just announced having ventured into the Russian tourist market via a partnership with online accommodation service Ostrovok. The deal is the first of it’s kind for the Silicon Valley poster child of travel startups.
The negative domino effects from the unrest in Ukraine are being felt all over Europe. In Slovenia hotels are reporting a 20% drop in numbers of Russian tourists already. This dramatic number, from Euronews, represents fully 6% of tourists to that country. But Slovenia is not the only European country being slammed.
Russian online hotel reservations service Oktogo.ru has announced the most popular CIS cities for Russian travelers for May holidays. The top cities, Minsk, Tashkent, Almaty, Baku, Kiev, Yerevan, Kishinev, Astana, Bishkek and Lvov beat out Georgia’s Tbilisi.