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Despite the anti-Russian propaganda, the increase in the number of American tourists in Russia for the first nine months of last year amounted to 25 percent compared with the year 2016. About it the newspaper “Izvestiya” told the head of the Federal tourism Agency Oleg Safonov.
“Anti-Russian propaganda calls the American people have a great interest in our country. So often it happens. They tell stories about what is happening in Russia, and people have a desire to come and see with their own eyes. Western propaganda campaign aimed at discrediting the Russian Federation, surprisingly, works to increase inbound flows to our country”, — he explained.
Safonov added that in Russia there has been a very good dynamics of outbound tourist flow from the United States, despite the lack of Russian tourist offices. According to him, such centres should appear in Washington, Houston, San Francisco, Seattle and new York that will further increase the growth of tourists by 20-25 per cent by 2022.
2 Mar MAPS.ME has published a ranking of the 20 most popular foreign tourist destinations in Russia. Experts map service calculated how many times foreigners have downloaded the map of a particular locality, and made a list of the most visited regions of the country. The three entered Moscow, St. Petersburg and Irkutsk oblast. On the fourth and fifth places were Krasnoyarsk Krai and Vologda oblast. Also in the top ten came in Arkhangelsk, Sverdlovsk and Kaliningrad regions, Karelia and Buryatia.
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