The host nation of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the country promises to focus the spotlight of the tourist market on its destinations and services
Russia is going to be strongly represented at WTM Latin America 2016, which is taking place between 29 – 31 March in Expo Center Norte in São Paulo, at the same time as the 45th Braztoa Business Event. Visitors and buyers will be able to get to know and firm up commercial ties with destinations and services in the world’s biggest country during the fourth edition of the event.
Russia will be bringing its main and highly photographed destinations to the exhibition pavilion: Moscow and St Petersburg, with their palaces, churches and cultural riches that go further than just their architecture and history; these cities receive various festivals, musicals and theatrical performances all year long. The hosts of the 2018 World Cup, the current Russian capital and the former capital of the Russian Empire, are preparing to attract even more tourists over the next few years.
The visa exemption for tourism between Brazil and Russia, which has been in force since 2010, is a great tool for leveraging the interest of tour companies from both countries. It’s no wonder, then, that important local companies are going to be present at WTM Latin America. Amparus Travel, a DMC (Destination Management Company) and tour operator that offers tourist services in Russia, the Ukraine, Belarus, Central Asia and the Baltic Countries, will be one of the exhibitors in the Russian Pavilion. Sharing space with it will be the Mir Travel Company, a DMC that specializes in cultural tourism.
Russia in the highlight
Data from the official Russian statistics agency, Rosstat, indicate that 20.7 million people visited Russia in the first nine months of 2015 – growth of 8% relative to the same period in 2014 and a new annual record of tourists in the country, with an expressive increase in the number of Latin American and Asian visitors.
The Russians, in their turn, also occupy a place of prominence in international tourism. According to Embratur, more than 30 million people left Russia to travel abroad in 2014.
“We’re delighted to see a great Russian presence at WTM Latin America 2016. I’ve no doubt that the destination and its services will offer great opportunities for all tourism professionals who are at the exhibition”, says Lawrence Reinisch, Director of WTM Latin America.