On behalf of the State Duma Committee on Physical Culture, Sports, Tourism and Youth Affairs, I am glad to welcome the participants, guests and organizers of the XIV INTOURMARKET International Travel Fair!
Tourism, as a sector of the economy, ranks first in terms of its contribution to global GDP, even bypassing energy and transport.
Its share in Russia’s GDP is 3.5%, in the world tourism accounts for 11%. For us there are new challenges ahead. Russia has a high tourist and recreational potential. Its territory has in abundance concentrated unique natural resources, sites of national and world, cultural and historical heritage; outstanding economic, social and sports events are organized.
The past World Cup 2018 let the world discover the Russian province. It impressed foreigners with the quality of service, hospitality and modern infrastructure. Therefore, now the industry is facing ambitious challenges. It is necessary to increase the marketability of our tourism product, to rely on stimulating domestic demand. In his message to the Federal Assembly, President of Russia Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin set the task of boosting non-resource exports to $ 100 billion a year. This also applies to the export of services for inbound tourism. The development of the travel industry locally is a driver of regional economic prosperity.
Over the years, the exhibition has firmly established itself in the tourist market as the focal event that brings together all Russian regions and dozens of world countries on one platform. Companies display both already completed projects and innovative practical solutions based on state-of-the-art technologies.
For exhibitors, the Fair has become a real opportunity to unfold their potential, strengthen their competitiveness, and form the basis for long-term and reliable partnerships.
I wish the XIV INTOURMARKET International Travel Fair to become a platform for improving professional level, sharing experience, an effective dialogue between industry experts, government authorities and consumers of goods and services, and as a result to promote implementation of the strategic task of improving the economic and social situation in Russia.
Chairman of the Committee
on physical culture, sport, tourism and youth affairs