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Federal agency for tourism considers 2018 successful for the development of tourism in Russia  26.11.2018 19:22

The Federal agency for tourism considers 2018 successful for the tourist industry in Russia, both inbound and outbound domestic tourism has grown, the head of department Oleg Safonov told reporters on Wednesday during the III Russian Congress of Tour Operators and Travel Agents in Sochi. "The season of 2018 was successful. Now we are taking stock, because the high winter tourist season is starting. The rates may change, but now they are very good. Domestic tourism has grown by 25%, outbound tourism - by 10%. Inbound tourism because of the World Cup has grown by 8%. These data are non-exhaustive, we will take stock next year. But this year is very successful for the tourist industry", - he stressed.

Safonov added that the number of tourists coming to the ski resorts of Russia in summer is growing. "I would like to note an important tendency. Ski resorts are becoming more popular in summer. Ski cluster in Sochi was full for 80% in summer, it has never happened. The same tendency in other regions of the country", - said the head of the Federal agency for tourism.

According to him, it is very important that work on creating summer ecological trails, in particular, in Sochi has begun.

Oleg Safonov said that tour operators had already opened booking of tours for the summer of 2019, and those who want to save money can buy tickets for summer vacations now.