Foreign Tourists’ Interest in Russia Increases by One-Third

PHOTO by Vladimir Pesnya / RIA Novosti

Russia’s appeal as a winter holiday destination in 2016 increased by about a third among foreign travellers in comparison to last year, according to a press release issued by Momondo, a travel website.

The data for Russia suggests that Germany has taken the lead among countries whose citizens picked Russia as their first choice winter holiday destination. The year-to-year demand among Germans grew by an impressive 37%.

Israel was the runner-up in the list of the top ten. The country’s interest in Russia shot up 51% while Italy ranks third with an 18% growth. Fourth on the list is Great Britain, showing a 20% increase, while the flow of tourists from Denmark, which finished fifth, has dropped by 18%.

The rating also included the United States, Sweden, France, Armenia and Ukraine. The demand for Russia among Armenian tourists went up 28% while dropping by 35% among Ukrainians.

The three most popular destinations are Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Novosibirsk. Other cities that made it into the top 10 are Yekaterinburg, Rostov-on-Don, Krasnodar, Omsk, Sochi, Kazan and Ufa.

In its assessment, Momondo analyzed flight requests for the periods from Dec. 21, 2016, to Jan. 8, 2017, and from Dec. 23, 2015, to Jan. 10, 2016.