Outbound Travel

Indian tourists to Russia increase despite Ukraine


Russian Federal Tourism Agency (Rosturism) reports that tourists from India, Brazil and many Asian countries are now visiting Russia in increased numbers. The number of Indian tourists rose 13% in the first quarter of 2014, while those from Brazil grew by 11% and China 5%.

Indians visiting Russia are keen on seeing Moscow, the beauty of Russia’s ancient capitals Suzdal and Novgorod, and the grace of St Petersburg,” Manish Synghal, Chairman of the Dimaz Group, an authorised intermediary of the Russian Consulate in Mumbai’s visa division told the India Russia report.

Synghal added that greater awareness of Russia and the availability of services in English are also driving more people from India to consider a trip to the country. “In Moscow and St. Petersburg most of the places of tourist interest, supermarkets, hotels, restaurants and night clubs have English speaking staff,” he says.

These developments come even as tourist inflows from the US and Europe drop between 20-40% owing to developments in Ukraine. Indeed, there is currently a considerable reduction in foreign tourists’ interest in Russia, although it would be more appropriate to sum up the real outcomes at the end of the year,” Moisey Furshchik, managing partner with FOK told India Russia Report. 
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