Domestic tourism in Russia on the rise: minister

08:59, May 19, 2010      

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Domestic tourism in Russia may grow 25 percent in 2010, according to forecast from the Russian Ministry for Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy on Tuesday.

The number of Russians travelling internally will rise up to 40 million, the minister Vitaly Mutko told RBC news agency.

In 2009, the number reached 32 million, 1.6 percent higher than that of 2008.

However, in 2009, the number of Russian tourists who preferred to travel internationally, fell by 15 percent against the level of 2008, said the minister.

Mutko meanwhile noted that growth of domestic tourism has been hampered by undeveloped tourism infrastructure as well as the lack of the corresponding laws.

Tourist industry, which employed over one million people in Russia, composed about 2.5 percent of the Russian economy.



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