Iáwish toáwelcome organizers, participants and guests ofáthe Intourmarket International Travel Fair!
Intourmarket annually becomes the most important platform for presentation ofánational tourist potential inádomestic and international markets, and also aáplace ofábusiness networking and development ofáinterstate dialogue ináthe sphere ofátourism.
Since 2001, domestic and incoming tourist flows ináRussia have more than doubled. Ináthe last year alone, according toápreliminary estimates the number ofátourists traveling inside the country amounted toá56.5 million people. Our citizens appreciated the holiday potential ofáRussia; the geography ofátheir trips has expanded. The increased volume ofádomestic travels gave aápowerful impetus toáthe development ofánew types ofátourismáŚ health and wellness onáthe basis ofáresorts and retreats, gastronomic, ecological, ethnographic, cruises, youth and industrial.
The upward trend inátourist flows growth led toáanáincrease inádemand for hospitality services and anáincrease ináthe number ofátourist activities nationally, which ináturn encouraged the flow ofáinvestments ináthe development ofáinfrastructure and services.
Due toáthe increase ináthe number ofáavailable offers, the stabilization ofáthe economic situation and the increase ináthe solvency ofáthe population, Russians began toátravel abroad more often. According toápreliminary estimates, the outbound tourist flow iná2017 increased byá19.8%, totaling more than 38ámillion trips and approaching the level ofá2014.
2018 opens upánew prospects for the tourism market. The staging ofáthe 2018áFIFA World Cup isáanáimportant step onáthe way toácreating aáreliable basis for the further development ofáour country.
Weáexpect that the increased popularity ofácities hosting the Championship will continue after the football championship. Modern infrastructure, comfortable urban environment, improved service level have been created ináthe host cities. All these positive changes will beáthe ôlegacyö ofáthe Championship and will contribute toáthe further successful tourism development ofáthe country.
Doánot forget about the increased market competition, which poses new challenges foráus toáimprove the quality ofátourist products, the level ofáservice comfort, the creation ofáeffective marketing strategies and the formation ofáadequate pricing. The future ofáthe Russian tourism industry directly depends onáthe solution ofáthese issues.
Iáwish the organizers, participants and guests ofáthe Intourmarket-2018 Fair fruitful work
O.Safonov, Head ofáthe Federal Agency for Tourism