In recent years, Russia has become one of the most popular destinations for both inbound and business tourism.
According to the Association of Tour Operators
(ATOR), in 2019 from January to December foreign passengers visited Russia 32.9 million times.
Ukraine is the leader in the number of people, who visited Russia in 2019 (8.7 million). Also, foreign passengers came from Kazakhstan (up to 4.3 million visits), Uzbekistan (2.6 million visits), China (2.3 million), Finland (938.7 thousand) and Germany (744.5 thousand).
The goals of such visits were not only tourism, but also work, business, visiting relatives and others.
The most popular tourist destinations in Russia are still megacities — Moscow and St. Petersburg. However, interest in other Russian cities continues to grow. The list of top cities in 2019 was expanded by Novosibirsk, Kaliningrad, Sochi, Krasnodar, Yekaterinburg, Kazan and Vladivostok.
The Russian tourist industry is actively developing in line with world tourist services provision standards. For foreign travel agents, Russia can become a promising new market.