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November 6, 2017 Trade Events No Comments Email Email

Moscow took part in the Asian Travel Market — ITB Asia 2017.  In the information booth of Moscow Department of Sport and Tourism, guests got information about tourism potential of the Russian capital.

Tourists from the countries of South-East Asia are increasingly visiting Russia. Over 10,000 people from Singapore, about 57,000 tourists from Japan, over 71,000 guests from the Republic of Korea and about 512,000 people from China arrived in Moscow last year. 2016 was a record year in terms of the number of tourists. 19 million people visited Moscow as tourists and business travellers.

At a press conference with the participation of Ekaterina Borisova, Head of Tourism Division of Department of Sport and Tourism, guests could get information about the tourism potential of the Russian capital. “We place importance on security in the city. Moscow surveillance network includes over 142,000 cameras. The tourist police with officers who are fluent in five foreign languages had been established under the preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Tourist police officers with “Tourist Police” armbands will help tourists with information if needed”, said Ekaterina Borisova, “Public transport, business centres, airports and historical buildings have free Wi-Fi. Guests can connect to the Internet via smartphones. In Moscow, just like in any other big city tourists can order taxi via mobile app. Public transport mobile app help them to find the bus or tram and to look through the metro map.”

The hotel infrastructure in Moscow is continually evolving. The classification of Moscow hotels and hostels is being in progress constantly. 1,183 hotels and hostels have obtained star rating. Most of them are hotels and hostels with budget prices. In all, there are now has 224 three-star hotels, 667 zero-star hotels, 120 certified four-star and five-star hotels with a total of 23,000 rooms in Moscow. The average residing cost at a three-star hotel is about $72 per day; at a five-star hotel is about $550 per day.

Before the end of the year, the city will see the opening of 11 more hotels with 3,000 rooms.

22 Moscow hotels are adapted for Chinese tourists. 7 five-star, 9 four-star, 3 three-star, 2 two-star hotels and one hostel have already taken part in the program China Friendly.

Over 2 million people stay in Moscow hotels during their business trips. Russian capital hosts more than 500 festivals, forums, conferences and exhibitions every year.

The city is busy preparing for the 2018 FIFA World Cup – the top sports event of the year. The Luzhniki Grand Sports Arena and Spartak Stadium are to host football matches. It is expected, that  more than one million of football fans will visit Moscow.

The historical reenactment festival “Time and ages” and Russian Field (Russkoye Polye) Festival will take place in Moscow during 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The information booth of Moscow Department of Sport and Tourism in Singapore put guests face to face with representatives of Russian companies such as Tourist Hotel Complex «Vega», Global Russia DMC, Rusmice, Spectrum, Tourist Hotel Complex «Izmailovo» («Gamma», «Delta»), National Tourist Union, China Travel Trans Show Tour, Fremad Russia, Mos-Tour, Azimut Hotels.

More than 400 working meetings with business owners and investors from South-East Asia were held during the exhibition in Singapore.

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