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The development and promotion of inbound tourism is becoming one of the most important priorities for Russia. Over the next six years, representatives of the tourism industry and government authorities plan to double the number of foreign tourists visiting Russia – from 8 million people to 16.

This was stated by Nikita Kondratyev, Director of the Department of Multilateral Economic Cooperation and Special Projects of the Russian Ministry of Economic Development, during a plenary session as part of the program of the International Exhibition of Tourism and Hospitality Industry MITT-2024.

“The potential contribution of tourism to the country’s GDP by 2030 is estimated to be almost twice as high as current indicators,” he noted. “The development of domestic tourism, hotel rooms, all-season resorts, preferential lending programs and subsidies can give a significant boost to the tourism economy.” In Russia, according to him, the focus is on the comprehensive development of inbound tourism: this means both ease of entry into the country and a comfortable stay for foreign tourists , including access to services and comfortable conditions for paying for them, and marketing, and the formation of a tourist code of Russia, regions and points of attraction. Among the most successful decisions to stimulate entry into Russia, taken last year, the director of the department named the mechanism for issuing a unified electronic visa, available to 55 countries, as well as visa-free group tours to Russia for citizens of China and Iran. A similar agreement with India is being prepared for signing.

The current dynamics of entry through these mechanisms amounts to about 50 thousand citizens per month. In the six months since its launch, about 300 thousand have moved in.

“The complete abolition of visas is being discussed with a number of friendly states, in particular with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Malaysia and Myanmar. “We will try to get these agreements signed within a year,” Nikita Kondratyev emphasized. – Direct flights with 40 countries have been restored. This year we plan to launch direct flights with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Indonesia and the Philippines, as well as seriously expand the route network to China and Vietnam.”

This year, the Ministry of Economic Development, together with the Center for Strategic Research, is launching a program to promote the Russian tourism brand. At this stage, together with the regions, a unified calendar and brand have been drawn up, and promotion methods and channels have been determined.

The promotion of the regions’ tourism potential will be carried out through the cultural component, creative industries and gastronomy, with the help of social networks and modern digital tools.

Based on marketing research, uniform standards for adapting the tourism industry to the needs of target countries are being developed for the regions, as well as a presentation of the tourism code and products taking into account the current portrait of tourists in these countries.

“In the first year, we will focus on countries that can provide the greatest effect for the economy – these are China, India, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Oman, and in the future other Gulf states, the CIS, and the countries of Southeast Asia,” – Nikita Kondratyev shared his plans.

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