1.983.400 Russian tourists
Turkey is a little bit ahead of Egypt due to its reputation of the country with “more European” lifestyle. It also lures Russians with its wider offer of luxury hotels and services. According to the Russian travelers their main reason to visit Turkey are quality services, sunny weather, family-friendly facilities, and no visa problems.
1.530.300 Russian tourists
The Russian tour operators state that there has been 20-30 per cent annual growth of tourist’s stream to China since 2000. In 2008 the main aim to visit China was undoubtedly the Olympic Games in Beijing (Russia will host the Olympics in Sochi in 2014). The interest of Russians in China increased reputedly thanks to the marketing activities of the Tourism Administration of China in Moscow. The new direct flights to the beautiful Chinese island Hainan with its tropical beaches and lush forests however influenced the tourist numbers as well.
956.700 Russian tourists
With respect to Egypt Russians praise the country for its low prices, good climate and no problems with visa. As in Turkey the tourists buy visa directly at the airport. Egypt has become all-the-year-round destination for Russian tourists – in the summer there were only 7 per cent less tour packages sold compared to the winter season.
325.800 Russian tourists
This destination is becoming the most popular among countries where it is necessary to obtain visa. Last year the stream of Russian tourists increased by more that 35 per cent. Italy is popular especially for its beautiful beaches and a lot of tourists visit it more than twice. It is expected that the number of visitors will further grow due to new charter flights.