Russia plans to develop tourism industry

09:20, September 28, 2010      

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Russia should rebuilt its tourism industry and therefore increase the budget income coming from it, Sport and Tourism Minister Vitali Mutko told RBC news agency on Monday.

According to Mutko, the tourism industry must put up 9-10 percent of the GDP in Russia, compared to the current 2-3 percent.

The ministry hopes to get 600 billion rubles (about 20 million U.S. dollars) from the industry, up from current 160 billion rubles a year.

Russia's Sport and Tourism Ministry estimated that by the end of 2010 about 32 million Russians would use the tourism services the way or another, but only 3 percent of the tourists would come to Russia from abroad, most of them from China.

The tourists flows inside Russia and into Russia have been hampered by the underdeveloped infrastructure, visa restrictions and unreasonable prices, Mutko pointed out, noting that the air ticket from Moscow to Baikal costs more than a trip from Moscow to New York.

Mutko warned against over-advertising of the Russia as a tourists destination.

"The tales about our tourist capacities must match our possibilities," he said.

Source: Xinhua


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