I wish to welcome organizers, participants and guests of the Intourmarket International Travel Fair!
Intourmarket annually becomes the most important platform for presentation of national tourist potential in domestic and international markets, and also a place of business networking and development of interstate dialogue in the sphere of tourism.
Since 2001, domestic and incoming tourist flows in Russia have more than doubled. In the last year alone, according to preliminary estimates the number of tourists traveling inside the country amounted to 56.5 million people. Our citizens appreciated the holiday potential of Russia; the geography of their trips has expanded. The increased volume of domestic travels gave a powerful impetus to the development of new types of tourism — health and wellness on the basis of resorts and retreats, gastronomic, ecological, ethnographic, cruises, youth and industrial.
The upward trend in tourist flows growth led to an increase in demand for hospitality services and an increase in the number of tourist activities nationally, which in turn encouraged the flow of investments in the development of infrastructure and services.
Due to the increase in the number of available offers, the stabilization of the economic situation and the increase in the solvency of the population, Russians began to travel abroad more often. According to preliminary estimates, the outbound tourist flow in 2017 increased by 19.8%, totaling more than 38 million trips and approaching the level of 2014.
2018 opens up new prospects for the tourism market. The staging of the 2018 FIFA World Cup is an important step on the way to creating a reliable basis for the further development of our country.
We expect that the increased popularity of cities hosting the Championship will continue after the football championship. Modern infrastructure, comfortable urban environment, improved service level have been created in the host cities. All these positive changes will be the “legacy” of the Championship and will contribute to the further successful tourism development of the country.
Do not forget about the increased market competition, which poses new challenges for us to improve the quality of tourist products, the level of service comfort, the creation of effective marketing strategies and the formation of adequate pricing. The future of the Russian tourism industry directly depends on the solution of these issues.
I wish the organizers, participants and guests of the Intourmarket-2018 Fair fruitful work
O.Safonov, Head of the Federal Agency for Tourism